Does surrender/revoke license question :(

  1. Hello, I finally decided to use this forum for a question and need some sort of advice.
    I've been notified that my license will be revoked or surrendered pending settlement meeting. The reason is small but considered untruthful against the board. I made a judgement error and the decision was not mine to make as I did not have an order. No harm was done and no criminal charges. But the time has come for a decision.

    I was a nurse for 3 years when the issue happened and in the following years my license was renewed once and I've been allowed to practice for 3 more years. AND nothing but stellar performance reviews before and since. That doesn't matter, regardless. That was at my first nursing job and now I am at my more recent third job. Different facilities.

    Question is: what is the difference between revocation and surrender? Obviously my license would be suspended for 3 years before I can reapply.

    1)What are the pros and cons of each?

    2) would surrendering vs revocation mean I am "quitting" my job?

    3) do I have to apply (or even be considered) for unemployment... because the job loss is my own fault?

    im sorry, I just can't seem to find the answers anywhere else so if anyone has knowledge or suggestions please comment.
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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   chare
    Have you consulted an attorney, preferably one familiar with issues before your states BON? If not, you should consider doing so, as the ramifications of whichever option you choose, if you are indeed provided a choice, can have lasting effects on your license.

    Best wishes as you work through these issues.
  4. by   ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
    Absolutely do not surrender your license. You can consult with an attorney, usually consults are free but they will tell you the same thing. If you ever plan on nursing again do not surrender your license. If will save you a lot of uphill battles in the end with the already battles you're going through. But I have heard many attorneys say the worst thing professionals can do is voluntarily surrender your license. Just my advice.
  5. by   Nurse20112017
    Thank you. So do not surrender my license. I thought they might give me more of a grace period if I surrendered rather than right away revoking it.

    so would losing my license professionally mean I'm quitting my job or they will they fire me on their own accord?

    im wondering if I would qualify for unemployment because of this... until I can find another sort of job
  6. by   Nurse20112017
    They told me if I surrendered I would be able to be reinstated in 3 years...
  7. by   Guy in Babyland
    Quote from Nurse20112017
    so would losing my license professionally mean I'm quitting my job or they will they fire me on their own accord?

    im wondering if I would qualify for unemployment because of this... until I can find another sort of job
    That would depend on the facility if they would want to dispute your claim for unemployment.
  8. by   ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
    Quote from Nurse20112017
    They told me if I surrendered I would be able to be reinstated in 3 years...

    Call a lawyer that deals with professional licensing agencies and get a free consult. All I know is that a few Lawyers have said to never surrender your license, they said it makes it 10x harder to get it reinstated then if it was suspended or anything else. He said it's the worst thing you can do if you ever hope to work in the field again. Don't listen to what "they say" the BON is not here for you. They don't have your back. I would take the suspension or whatever over surrendering. I don't know how it all plays into unemployment and stuff,. You're going to have a long battle regardless. Don't make it harder. But always best to get legal advice. I have met many nurses that have had nothing but roadblock after roadblock getting their licenses back after surrendering them.
  9. by   caliotter3
    Surrendering is not the best choice from what I have read. Get a referral from: TAANA Executive Office - Home .
  10. by   Orca
    Quote from Nurse20112017
    so would losing my license professionally mean I'm quitting my job or they will they fire me on their own accord?
    That is mainly semantics. One way or the other, once your license is gone, you cannot legally hold a nursing job. For a future employer, I doubt that it would make much of a difference as far as how you separated from your current employer. Of more concern would be the fact that the BON saw fit to stop you from practicing, and the reasons behind it.
  11. by   hppygr8ful
    Quote from Nurse20112017
    So would losing my license professionally mean I'm quitting my job or they will they fire me on their accord?
    You are not permitted to practice nursing without a license? Therefore once it is surrendered or revoked you will not be allowed to work as a nurse. You will have no choice but to immediately resign from your job. Have you consulted an attorney who specializes in professional practice issues? A good attorney may be able to get you a probation deal which would allow you to continue to work and keep you off the OIG. I think we are missing something though. Revocation of a license is a pretty serious matter and usually not done for what you describe as a judgement error where no one got hurt and no criminal charges were filed.

    Hppy
  12. by   TriciaJ
    Quote from Nurse20112017
    Thank you. So do not surrender my license. I thought they might give me more of a grace period if I surrendered rather than right away revoking it.

    so would losing my license professionally mean I'm quitting my job or they will they fire me on their own accord?

    im wondering if I would qualify for unemployment because of this... until I can find another sort of job
    If your job depends on your being licensed then a revocation (or surrender) will make you ineligible for your current position. My understanding of a revocation is that it is permanent. When it's temporary, it's called a suspension.

    As far as being eligible for unemployment insurance, you'd have to check with the appropriate agency in your state.
  13. by   TriciaJ
    Quote from Nurse20112017
    They told me if I surrendered I would be able to be reinstated in 3 years...
    Who are "they"? Make sure you get everything in writing. An attorney is looking more worthwhile by the minute.
  14. by   SEDK
    What state do you live in?! It sounds like they came down really hard on you. And I will NEVER practice in a state where a board puts so much action behind somthing that wasn't involved in a sentinal event. And I'm a little confused are you working under a re-instated license while the BON does it's investigtaion, and they've found enough harm done or concern of harm done so aggregious that you have been allowed to work 3 years and now post haste you have two options of revocation or surrender?! I definitely agree with others. Contact an attorney, do not surrender your license, and contact an attorney.

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