Anyone ever get their license back after revocation? - page 12

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OK, hope I'm doing this right. Now that I have some clean time, I am considering getting my nursing license back. I have no idea how to go about this. I "failed" IPN (FL) in 2002, :dance:-that was my last year of practice as... Read More


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    wow. first of all, let me give you a great big hug! I can relate to what your are saying in a lot of ways. the 6 month narc restriction is a doozey, i went through that too. and i get that this basically means is you have no more livelyhood to support yourself, because who wants to hire a nurse that cant pass meds. I ended up taking a job that didnt have controlled substances (school nurse) and took a huge cut in pay. I never had considered not being honest about my nursing license probation to many prospective employers, because by the time I started looking for work I had enough 12 step work in me to become entirley honest and just try to do the next right thing. I also know that Boards of Nursing are tough, i'm not sure if one is tougher that any other. I have Az. and I think they are tough! Just keep in mind they are there to protect the public, thats what helped me! I had huge resentment towards my Board of Nursing and actually did some step work around it, now I'm alot more clear and humble in this process. I'm getting ready to step down to "on-site" supervison from an RN, and I do have my key privilages back, so there is hope for you too. I've been on probation for 5 years now, and I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Just keep going to meetings, turn stuff over to your HP and try to do the next right thing-you will know! God Bless.
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    Hi Luckylpn,

    I feel you pain and trouble. all I can say is trying to quiet yourself a little bit and continue with your program. This is one of the sure option that can help you get back to the profession. Keep going! you can do this.
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    Quote from SWS RN
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    You can get off this list without getting your license back, it takes a lot of work and a good lawyer but it can be done. I hope that one day someone who "matters" will see the inclusion of sick people on this list as inherently wrong but until that day, get in recovery, decide what path you want to take and contact an attorney who has dealt with this before.
    Please note:

    I agree with a lot of what you said about the OIG list and the ramifications. I found out I was on it last year about 7 years after the incident happened. I WAS NOT NOTIFIED IN ADVANCE-I found out the hard way....anyway, I was able to have my name removed from the list without legal intervention. In fact, I did it by myself. I contacted the lead attorney at the att generals office in Washington, DC. I asked what could be done. They sent me a packet with information on how to go about it.

    I had several friends, business associates and former supervisors write a short letter on my behalf. Basically stating that I would never defraud the Medicare system, good moral character, etc.
    THey really are more interested in fradulent practices than drug/alcohol addiction...in fact, that was not an issue at all.
    I called the lead attorney weekly, she was most helpful and understanding.
    THe entire process took from May 30 until August 1, about 2 months.
    It felt great when it was over, and I was glad I advocated for myself. I recieved an official letter stating my name was removed and checked the next month it was published and it was.

    Good luck, it can be done....I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    s[/QUOTE]
    This is great story, SWS! I, too, am in the position of needing to get off this list. I have a surrendered licence from all the way back in 2001. After I surrendered, I immediately began working in the medical device industry as clionical trainer of medical equipment - a well-paying career that still allows me to use my brain and clinical education that doen't require a license. Truth be told, I'm quite good at what I do and love it....MUCH more than I enjoyed working as a clinician, in fact. I just assumed this is what I would make a long-term carrer out of, so after I surrended my license, I simply fell off my probationary program. As everyone here probably is aware, it is SOOOO financially punitive having to cover the costs of weekly tox screens and therapy out of pocket.

    Well finally, the List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE) has caught up with me. I only vaguely remember receiving the origial letter from the OIG ten years ago and I wasn't quite sure what it meant at the time. Now all of the hospitals that I work in are cross-referencing the LEIE monthly and my enjoyable career has gone down the tubes. I've been clean/sober for eleven years.....my life now is simply not representative of what happened all those years ago. I changed the people, places and things in my life that were the main contributors of my addiction, and I have no demons anymore....plain and simple. I NEED TO GET OFF THIS LIST!!!

    Sorry....I envisioned making the above info more succinct. What I'm looking for is to understand in more detail exactly how you got this off the ground with the DOJ Attorney General's Office? What do you mean by Lead Attorney?? is the top attorney who handles lawsuits dealing with the OIG?? Basically, I want to start this process of appealing to the OIG, and I'd love more specifics about how to go about starting it.

    Any help you can offer would be incredibly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    S
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    A quick question....thed OIG FAQ states that if you apply for reinstaement and get denied, you can't reapply for another year. I am assuming that this would've applied to you as well.....yes??
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    WOW....after quoting you twice, I just CAREFULLY reread your post and I need a quick clarification.....did you accomplish this WITHOUT having had your license reinstated or did it occur after your license was reinstated??
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    I am posting this as a cautionary tale. I was on this blog a year ago while filing the paperwork to remove my name from the OIG exclusion list. Just so you know it took me an entire ten(10) weeks to receive a positive answer and most of the form was not applicable. Also, READ the entire instructions included carefully before rushing to complete the form.
    I disclosed my entire history to my employer which you should do.
    I currently have a great job and everything was wonderful until recently when an insurance provider contacted my employer to verify that I was the same person who was on the exclusion list and wanted an explanation. There is no explanation. I was on the exclusion list and now I am not. I believe the insurance provider is working with outdated infomation. My employer was great, is forwarding the letter from OIG, and cannot believe this situation because they have checked and I am not on the list.
    The moral of this is to have ready the letter which you receive from the OIG stating that you are off the exclusion list handy if not already in your personnel file. Do not lose the letterremoving you from the OIG exclusion list, make multiple copies and place in many places.
    Good luck
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    Hi All!!

    What a fantastic site. I stumbled upon you doing a google search.

    I am not working as an RN after they filed an accusation against me. It's a pretty good one and I did the deed (over medicated with ativan and drove the car into a ditch. Pled guilty to reckless drving). Now I have responded to their request for a administrative hearing, which is the first week of August 2012, briefly spoken with a lawyer.

    Can I negotiate a surrender of my license myself? any pitfalls to watch out for? This is is California.
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    To BigsurKay,
    Sorry you have these problems. You really should obtain the services of an administrative lawyer if you have the money . If you can access prior BON meeting see if there are any names of lawyers that constantly are defending nurses.
    Talk to the lawyer about surrendering your license. I would not offer this unless this was not your first time with problem. You will do much better to have them suspend your license for a fix amount of time and then you reapply for reinstatement. Surrendering says something totally different. Be careful.
    This is your BIG problem. The BON can/will report you to the HHS office of Inspector General(OIG). Look it up on the internet. This is a total NIGHTMARE FOR YOU. The minimum time they will exclude you from work is 5 years. This means you can do nothing anywhere in healthcare. You canot work in Househeeping in a hospital, nursing home,nada,nothing.
    This is a draconian law and most people have no idea that it even exists. The process to be removed is a pain as I have described above. Maybe a good lawyer can negociate that your name is not be submitted to the OIG. I am not sure if it is mandatory for a state BON to submit your name to the OIG, but you certainly do not want this. I have found that state boards are normally reasonable but this exclusion list has no flexibility. You just receive a letter in the mail saying,"you are excluded for so many years".
    Hopefully California has a program for healthcare professionals to attend meetings,drop urines and you can continue working as a nurse. Florida does and it works well.

    Good luck and let everyone know what your outcome was.
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    BigSurKay: There are SOOOOOO many people on this website who are in ugly predicaments because they DIDN't hire a lawyer. Look for Jackstem"s posts...he became a lawyer after addiction as RN. His posts will refer you to lawyers expert in this area. California's program is understaffed and punitive. DO NOT GO WITHOUT A LAWYER!!!!! You can lose your livlihood for this lack of detail. I'm assuming that you did not divert the drugs from your employer. Big plus for you. You didn't fail a drug screen at work. More good news for you.
    You want to be able to walk away from this with no permenent ding on your license. It can be done if you're smart about it.
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    Thanks for the plug subee. One correction...I'm not an attorney...haven't even played one on TV (I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express though). I do work with a license defense attorney when she has clients with Substance Use Disorder issues.

    One of the things I tell nurses and student nurses whenever I speak to a group is to buy your own liability insurance with a license defense clause. That way you have coverage should the defecation hits the ventilation. The cost of an attorney when compared to lost wages because you screwed up is small. Boards of nursing aren't there to hekp the nurse, they are there to protect the public.

    There are those who believe an attorney isn't worth the time or money. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I'm not sure I want to take my chances in an adversarial system without someone who knows the rules of the game.

    Jack


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