The Black List - page 2
Hi all, Wondering if there is such a thing as a Secret Black list ? And what type of issues can put a nurse on this list ? I've been doing all the grueling footwork involved in my job search... Read More
Nov 24, '15 by lizardroxxI'm in the same boat! I am not an addict, or an impaired nurse, I'm bipolar and although I've never made a critical med error or put any patient in danger, I still can't find a job because I've lost every nursing job I've ever had for alleged misconduct. I have a stupid disciplinary action on my license from 2007 for, you guessed it, "professional misconduct". I never had my license suspended or revoked, I was fined a substantial amount of money and had to attend 3 classes out of pocket. The misconduct? I took a picture of a resident in the LTC facility I was working for, prior to the advent of social media, and sent it to a CNAs phone because we thought the little old lady was "cute". Of course, the CNA was only still a teenager and didn't know any better and showed other coworkers. The ADON simply asked that I delete it so I did. And never heard another word about it. One day the DON calls me into her office, about a month later, tells me I have to resign my 3-11 supervisor position because I'm "depressed". Well, according to the American's With Disabilities Act, she can't do that without first making accommodations. She handed me a $20.00 bill for "lunch", told me to call my therapist, and sent me on my way. So, I called the corporate human resources department and explained to them what just happened. Must have pissed the DON off, so next thing you know, a year later almost, I have investigators knocking at my door from the attorney general's office like I'm some kind of criminal! I've been applying for job after job and I get halfway through the hiring process and they run my license, and their offer is rescinded. I called the board of nursing to ask how long that incident will stay on my license, they said permanently. I recently sent them a letter requesting it be expunged from my permanent record since it was retaliative in nature, but I'm still waiting for a reply. I've gotten jobs with the finding on my license, but lately it's been difficult. I suppose it was that DON's intention. It's not like i hide it, I always furnish a copy of the finding upon request. As for the bipolar, I wasn't properly diagnosed and medicated until 2009. I don't stress easily at work, patients and families really like me, my coworkers like and respect me, it's the administration who are quick to judge. I've been a nurse in LTC for 26 years. I love what I do. Now I feel stuck. Right now I'm working as a screen printer, barely scraping by. I hope the board of nursing considers removing that finding since that particular DON no longer practices nursing for "mental health" reasons, so I've heard from various sources.