Giving the license up - page 5
by wish_me_luck, BSN, RN | 9,662 Views | 54 Comments
After much thought, I have decided to send my license back. I will call the Executive Director on Monday and my case manager to see about future options, if I were to ever want to get my license back. But, when thinking about... Read More
- 0Dec 9, '12 by Esme12, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorQuote from wish_me_luckI;m interested....I think he was joking that by closing the thread you can't change your mind....You want to close it and I can update in a new thread? Or should it stay open and I can update in this thread? I am going to look in VA, but still go in January because I have no idea whether I will get anything in VA. Just because I apply, doesn't mean I'll get any job offer. I can PM you instead on the update, Boston, if no one else is interested.
- 1Dec 11, '12 by BostonTerrierLoverRNI think everyone should watch "Patch Adams" at least once a year. For what we face on a daily basis- it has sooooo much therapy in it. It would be my model for healthcare delivery. It also shows that there truly are indescribable transformations in our lives! We can go from rock bottom to our best possible self if we just change the way we think, and stop talking to ourselves like unwanted stepchildren, and start seeing the good and potential in ourselves. The world is so diverse and unique that there may be someone out there that only you can reach!
- 0Dec 20, '12 by wish_me_luckI received a letter from the TN Executive Director of the BON saying I am denied privileges to practice in TN and I am not eligible to attend a meeting of Application review committee.
I really don't understand this. I am not a criminal. I have a mental health issue and I drank (I am in my mid twenties, I am legal).
- 1Dec 20, '12 by wish_me_luckI was supposed to go in January. I thought it was a letter explaining when I was supposed to go, but instead it was a letter of denial and that I am not eligible. I think it's because I am not in TN.
I emailed her a response letting her know I received it and that I challenge her to try and change the Board's policy. I added that it is the health care profession that seems to be an obstacle in change. I added other stuff but too much to add here. I was polite about it, but I will continue to try and seek change.
- 2Dec 20, '12 by jackstemI know people get tired of seeing me type this, but have you considered at least a consultation with a license defense attorney to find out what your options may be? It could be worth a try.
Just a thought.
Keep posting your journey. If nothing else it might be therapeutic.
- 0Dec 21, '12 by BostonTerrierLoverRNI'm late, as normal. I totally understand being between a rock and hard spot. During my unemployed time(from nursing) spent stocking shelves at minimum wage, I thought I couldn't afford an attorney, and so I considered the drug counselor route which the BON refused(as they controlled everything). I found out that many attorneys work with you on their charging schedule, and eventually used a firm where 98% of my case was handled by an LNC. The biggest relief was not having to speak with the board directly anymore, and knowing when I did what to say and what not to say. I don't think I could have done it alone- I know it's possible, but I think it would have taken more time, and more jumping hoops. I am behind you whatever you decide to do, I just hope you get to make an "informed" decision every step of the way- because I care
- 2Dec 21, '12 by wish_me_luckThanks for the kind words. Since it is a "secondary" or "remote state" , I don't even want to spend money on an attorney. I don't make much at all and every bit I make, I spend on UDS and therapy appointments. I know this is odd, and probably not smart (especially for any future privileges in TN), but I want to deal with the Board myself. I want them to hear me, not someone who is representing me.
I am going to pursue writing the Commissioner. Like I said, I want to be heard. I want people to know what is going on. I feel like the more people who know, then maybe something will change for the better. It's discrimination like this that leaves people in fear to disclose their existing diagnosis/get help for a possible mental health issue and possibly get their lives ruined. But, it's the lack of treatment that leaves people a danger to themselves and/or others, not treatment. I will continue to divulge in hopes that I have helped someone...even if it's not so much information, but that support person who understands and I will do my best to help them/get them help. I feel that is part of my duty as a nurse and personal responsibility to my fellow man.