Quote from jparkin
I lost my nc rn license r/t dwi. I never had any issues with my practice as a nurse, no diversion, never impaired at work, never harmed a patient, never forged prescriptions. I have my license back, but the restrictions are so complete that i can't find work(the restrictions don't apply to why I lost my license). Are there any states that are more reasonable? I've been in this process for 3 years and paid $3600 in urine screens during that time.(all clean) DOES ANYONE KNOW OF ANY STATES THAT WOULD LICENSE ME (WITHOUT RESTRICTION) AND ALLOW ME TO WORK? Any thoughts? Anyone?
One of the best ways to determine your ability to retain a license in another state when you have a restricted license is to consult with a license defense attorney with experience before that board of nursing. Yes, it costs money for a consultation. If it prevents unpleasant surprises, or keeps you from making mistakes in the application process that could have adverse results when applying for the new license, it's money well spent.
Contact the American Association of Nurse Attorneys
for a list of nurse attorneys in the new state. Or you can Google "nursing license defense attorneys in <state>". Trying to represent yourself in licensing issues can have disasterous results. While many nurses believe the state board will advocate for them, nothing could be further from the truth. Their job is to protect the public, period.
In my experience, most boards of nursing will not provide an unrestricted license while the nurse is participating in a monitoring program in another state. Some states may not provide an unrestricted license in their state for a nurse who has had action against their license and completed a consent agreement or monitoring agreement in another state. The only way I know to have the best shot at receiving an unencumbered license in another state is to consult with an attorney who practices administrative law and experience before the licensing board.
Good luck and keep us posted!