License Reinstatement After Revoke Is There Hope?

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    Hello, my name is Robi and I am new to this site and I'm not even sure if I deserve to be here, but I have a question that I hope someone can help me with. I was a licensed Practical Nurse in the state of Tennessee until 2004 when my license was revoked to due a prescription drug addiction. Due to the shame I felt and still feel to this day, I never tried fighting for my license at the time, but long to be able to practise again and have been sober for 5 years and working in an office outside of the medical field. I just don't know where to begin. I have researched the tennesse state board of health for answers, but it seems so complicated, I just don't know what step to take first and after all this time, I don't even know if I have a chance at getting my license reinstated. I guess what I'm trying to ask is there even a chance for me? I am willing to do whatever it takes no matter how expensive, time consuming, or shameful it may make me feel in order to get my license back, but I just wonder if I would even be considered and if so, would I be required to go back to school to refresh my skills and would it help for me to try to become certified as a nurse assistant in the meantime in order to at least have myself back in the field and even if that would be allowed. I'm sorry to make this so long and would welcome any advice or suggestions on this matter.

    Thank you so much,


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  2. 72 Comments...

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    One your Board of Nursing and be totally honest. They will respect that. Then follow through on what they expect of you.
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    Thank you. You are absolutely right about that. I think talking to someone personally whether it's positive or negative news would be better than just floundering like I am right now.

    Thank you again

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    I agree with the need to call the BON and then do as they advise. I think there is a good chance you will be reinstated if you provide them the info they need and you are willing to check in, etc. as required.
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    Hi Robi,
    I know our BON tries whatever they can not to take a nurses license and they are pretty realistic with the fact that there will be nurses who have trouble with addiction. I'd agree to call them. I wish you all the best. Please keep us posted. Jules
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    Please call your BON. In NJ, the BON has a whole area devoted to helping nurses with addiction issues. It could be that your BON has the same.

    Good luck,

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    I have a friend who is a LPN she is not going through the same thing as you, however, she has told me several times she has worked with nurses in your same situation. I say that to say this, Dont be so hard on yourself that you give up trying. Often times we will go through something in life and we feel as if we are all alone. This is not the case, when we feel like this we don't see a way out. You should contact your BON, but before you do that be honest with yourself, you had a problem and you did what you had to do to correct it, and 5 years is a great accomplishment Start there, if you have not join a support group and when you approach your BON show them your accomplishment not just your mistakes.

    You will be just fine, believe me, we are all praying for you and will see you when you enter the field of nursing once again.

    God Bless
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    First of all let me say how wonderful it is that you have been sober for 5 years! Good job! As far as your license...I agree with all the other posters, call your BON and be honest. Good luck!
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    Oh my goodness! I never expected such an overwhelming sweet and quick response. I think I've been filled with so much shame and quilt that I didn't feel like I deserved sympathy or compassion for what I did and you all just reminded me of why I wanted to be a nurse for so long and why I want to be one once again. So much love and compassion in the nursing community! Thank you so much. I can't describe the joy your words have filled me with and also a renewed sense that maybe I can do this after all. I have let fear and shame lead the way for so long that I'd forgotten that there can be forgiveness and redemption as well for me too. Thank you and bless you all and I will keep you informed of my progress.

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    I'm sop glad we could all help. You should be proud of yourself that you have been clean for 5 years. I wish you tons of luck and really hope you will keep us posted on how things
    go. Hugs.
    leslie :-D likes this.

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