RN needs work in VA w/ disciplinary action

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    Hi everyone. Im a RN trying to find employment in Virginia. I have a reprimand on my license after it was suspended briefly due to investigation. (I was in the Florida IPN for 5 years. Virginia is my home state. Once I returned to VA, the BON did an investigation as to the status that should be taken on my VA license....they FULLY REINSTATED MY LICENSE, WITH A MULTISTATE COMPACT PRIVILEGE, NO RESTRICTIONS, ...but did reprimand me).

    After the hearing, the VA BON members (the investigators, etc) told me they had NEVER seen a license totally reinstated like mine was!! I was so relieved.

    NOW>>> I cant get a job. Everyone wants to hire me, but when I disclose the info about the discipline, they promptly look it up, and I guess see that its "recent", and decline to go further w/ the interview process.
    I have tried everywhere. I DID get ONE staffing agency to hire me. The problem is that every time I go to work, at lets say a long term care facility, they want to hire me there...but that is before they find out about the discipline.
    I am in the VA beach area, but would accept any employment state wide.
    Does anyone have any pointers or suggestions?
    Im already blackballed from the Bon Secours facilities...d/t the discipline.
    Its like they dont even take the time to hear me out or let me explain. And every application these days asks you up front if you have ever had disciplinary action taken.

    What do I do?????
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    This may not be helpful, but here is my thought: I have not been there myself, but I see that you haven't received a response. I don't know what happened, but I do know that mistakes can be opportunities for growth. If this is true for you, that would be something valuable to communicate to a potential employer. I found an article by a nurse with a history of disciplinary action who was able to find employment. To sum up, disclose your history upfront/immediately (rather than waiting for them to ask) and explain what you have learned from the experience/how it will make you a better nurse. Read NurseWeek: Nurse, Interrupted: A portrait of how disciplinary action can tie you up in knots
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    Quote from tellmywhy
    Hi everyone. Im a RN trying to find employment in Virginia. I have a reprimand on my license after it was suspended briefly due to investigation. (I was in the Florida IPN for 5 years. Virginia is my home state. Once I returned to VA, the BON did an investigation as to the status that should be taken on my VA license....they FULLY REINSTATED MY LICENSE, WITH A MULTISTATE COMPACT PRIVILEGE, NO RESTRICTIONS, ...but did reprimand me).

    After the hearing, the VA BON members (the investigators, etc) told me they had NEVER seen a license totally reinstated like mine was!! I was so relieved.

    NOW>>> I cant get a job. Everyone wants to hire me, but when I disclose the info about the discipline, they promptly look it up, and I guess see that its "recent", and decline to go further w/ the interview process.
    I have tried everywhere. I DID get ONE staffing agency to hire me. The problem is that every time I go to work, at lets say a long term care facility, they want to hire me there...but that is before they find out about the discipline.
    I am in the VA beach area, but would accept any employment state wide.
    Does anyone have any pointers or suggestions?
    Im already blackballed from the Bon Secours facilities...d/t the discipline.
    Its like they dont even take the time to hear me out or let me explain. And every application these days asks you up front if you have ever had disciplinary action taken.

    What do I do?????
    You live near me. I have similar issues. Been working since Dec 2011. My admin is "board issue friendly.". We should talk.
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    Dogmom,
    OMG!!! PLEASE lets talk....Im not sure what "board issue friendly" is, but hopefully it would apply to me. My email is cutenurse1973 at yahoo. Please give me some info on where you work. I will work ANYWHERE...Plus Im a darned good nurse with a great attitude, all things considered

    Im still having no luck, ie....went for an interview at a dialysis center, the lady all but hired me over the phone. She said, "...and we can talk about 'all of the other stuff you listed on your application' when you get here"..............

    So i went, and explained EVERYTHING to her. She said they were in DESPERATE need of a RN there, and not many people with my kind of experience ever apply to a diaysis center. I left thinking "I have this job in the bag", thats how great the interview went.
    2 days later, I called to check on the status, she said "Oh Hi, I was going to call you, I went ahead and hired SOMEONE ELSE with MORE experience."
    Yeah, RIGHT!! Like someone else just HAPPENED to apply...within 2 days of my interview,....with MORE experience,....and she called them, interviewed, AND hired them....all within the 2 days that I was thinking I had landed a new job.

    I cant understand this. I have an ACTIVE UNRESTRICTED RN LICENSE. NO stipulations, no HPMP, no restrictions, no probations. With 17 years experience, and stellar references, AND a solid work history since 2005, AND I am CURRENTLY EMPLOYED with Favorite Staffing.
    Im literally in tears right now!!!!!
    -lisa
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    Hi everyone. Well, after 3 months of looking for a RN postion ANYWHERE near the Va Beach area?...ive still had no luck.
    does anyone know of a place where I might look and be successful?
    I have 17 years experience, (mostly med/surg, tele, charge nurse, long term care unit manager, travel nursing, etc).
    I have an open schedule, and am NOT picky when it comes to WHERE i work.

    My discipline stems from a 2005 narcotic diversion at work issue. I was in IPN in Florida. I have a history of my VA license being suspended, (while they investigated my FLorida doings once I returned home last year). The Va BON TOTALLY REINSTATED MY LICENSE, NO RESTRICTIONS, and gave me a reprimand.
    However, I still cant find employment. Does anyone know of a facility, a DON, a nurse manager, SOMEONE, who will give me a chance?
    Ive been employed in Florida since 2006, after going to rehab and entering IPN. I have stellar references. What gives in Virginia??? I found it easier to get a job when i was in the IPN with a key restriction!
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    Is it possible to have the board clarify the time frame on their official site? good luck
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    Quote from tellmywhy
    Hi everyone. Im a RN trying to find employment in Virginia. I have a reprimand on my license after it was suspended briefly due to investigation. (I was in the Florida IPN for 5 years. Virginia is my home state. Once I returned to VA, the BON did an investigation as to the status that should be taken on my VA license....they FULLY REINSTATED MY LICENSE, WITH A MULTISTATE COMPACT PRIVILEGE, NO RESTRICTIONS, ...but did reprimand me).

    After the hearing, the VA BON members (the investigators, etc) told me they had NEVER seen a license totally reinstated like mine was!! I was so relieved.

    NOW>>> I cant get a job. Everyone wants to hire me, but when I disclose the info about the discipline, they promptly look it up, and I guess see that its "recent", and decline to go further w/ the interview process.
    I have tried everywhere. I DID get ONE staffing agency to hire me. The problem is that every time I go to work, at lets say a long term care facility, they want to hire me there...but that is before they find out about the discipline.
    I am in the VA beach area, but would accept any employment state wide.
    Does anyone have any pointers or suggestions?
    Im already blackballed from the Bon Secours facilities...d/t the discipline.
    Its like they dont even take the time to hear me out or let me explain. And every application these days asks you up front if you have ever had disciplinary action taken.

    What do I do?????
    I feel your pain. I find it ironic that our so called compassionate profession is so the opposite with there own. I had a breakdown which required 6 days in the hospital. My behavior never entered my nursing care but I was terminated. After 8 months and a bankruptcy, I was able to find a job an hour and ten minutes away. No one in Richmond will touch me. When I disclose that I was terminated my application quickly gets put in the trash can. Sometimes it is less then 30 minutes after I submit it on line. The job I have now is less then ideal but it is work. There are few HPMP friendly hospitals out there. I heard of one in Williamsburg that actually has a HPMP liason. Time and distance unfortunately is our best ally.
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    Anyone have luck with health dept? This is scaring me now. My dream job is at the health dept and community outreach.

    The last poster scares me the most as mine is mental health issues.
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    Quote from tellmywhy
    Hi everyone. Im a RN trying to find employment in Virginia. I have a reprimand on my license after it was suspended briefly due to investigation. (I was in the Florida IPN for 5 years. Virginia is my home state. Once I returned to VA, the BON did an investigation as to the status that should be taken on my VA license....they FULLY REINSTATED MY LICENSE, WITH A MULTISTATE COMPACT PRIVILEGE, NO RESTRICTIONS, ...but did reprimand me).

    After the hearing, the VA BON members (the investigators, etc) told me they had NEVER seen a license totally reinstated like mine was!! I was so relieved.

    NOW>>> I cant get a job. Everyone wants to hire me, but when I disclose the info about the discipline, they promptly look it up, and I guess see that its "recent", and decline to go further w/ the interview process.
    I have tried everywhere. I DID get ONE staffing agency to hire me. The problem is that every time I go to work, at lets say a long term care facility, they want to hire me there...but that is before they find out about the discipline.
    I am in the VA beach area, but would accept any employment state wide.
    Does anyone have any pointers or suggestions?
    Im already blackballed from the Bon Secours facilities...d/t the discipline.
    Its like they dont even take the time to hear me out or let me explain. And every application these days asks you up front if you have ever had disciplinary action taken.

    What do I do?????
    My hospital is more friendly then most. I am working at UVA. PM me and we can talk. I know of several HPMP folks that have been hired at UVA. In Richmond you are screened in HR and you never get a chance!


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