Is My Nursing License At Risk? - page 5

I often listen as certain coworkers, usually the nurses with zero to two years of experience, chime about the dangers to their hard-earned nursing licenses. "I'm putting my license on the line by... Read More

  1. by   SENSUALBLISSINFL
    Quote from Mulan
    10 Ways to Lose Your Nursing License - Nursing Link

    "9. Patient Abuse and Neglect

    Sadly, this is quite obvious and, even worse, happens more often than we'd like to admit. Patient neglect and abuse can happen because a nurse is intentionally causing pain and/or suffering, or because of a simple mistake because a nurse is over-worked or has too many patients. One of the most serious offenses, patient neglect and abuses affects more than just the nurse, and even more than just the patient. The patient's friends and family must also suffer alongside him/her, making this grave offense even worse.
    Unfortunately, this happens all too often. Many times, a nurse doesn't neglect a patient on purpose, but her forgetfulness can cause more damage than imagined and result in the loss of her license."

    This reminds me of a very importan email I got from ANA...I am pasting it along here, because we all need to get involved to make our conditions better. Granted, I am a new graduate with not job, but this change is imperative for us...It is easy, just fill your name and it automatically goes to your senator and representative. This bill will help us with patient ratios....something baddly needed to lessen these errors.

    https://secure3.convio.net/ana/site/...rAction&id=403
  2. by   SENSUALBLISSINFL
    Quote from FLmed
    Thank you for sharing this. :-)
    Wow, I clicked on the very first one and there were 7 charges against this person....WOW.
  3. by   suzimarie
    If one has obtained their lvn or rn why would they choose to work at a nursing home. Seems so depressing. Just askin'
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  4. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from suzimarie
    If one has obtained their lvn or rn why would they choose to work at a nursing home. Seems so depressing. Just askin'
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    Some of us do not enjoy the fast pace or the high-pressure environment of the acute care hospital setting; therefore, we purposely choose to work in nursing homes.
  5. by   artsmom
    Quote from suzimarie
    If one has obtained their lvn or rn why would they choose to work at a nursing home. Seems so depressing. Just askin''
    I love the nursing home and hated the hospital. Yesterday, to honor the veterans they had someone come sing old timer songs. I watched patients that never engage with the staff dance, and thought that was awesome ( dementia patients). It may be sad sometimes, but for some of them we are all they have.
  6. by   nkochrn
    I think these nurse's that are worried about losing their licenses are just misguided. They are probably taught in school that they may be in danger of losing their license for these trivial things. They should be taught to cover their backsides and document well because unfortunately there are so many people out their ready to sue the first person they can find and make an easy buck.
  7. by   brick195969
    Here is my 2 year old nursing take on all of this.

    1) Read the BON reports on disciplinary action, very educational
    2) Don't do what these nurses did
    3) Be honest with yourself, stay within your scope of practice
    4) Document all and any patient interactions, interventions, outcomes
    5) The most important one (to me) do the best you can, if you do this the odds are you will not lose your license. Don't take shortcuts, give it your best, we're only human, not perfect, but if you strive to be you will do the best you can
    Last edit by Joe V on Feb 18, '17 : Reason: formatting
  8. by   annlewis
    A friend of mine says the ANA does not really follow thru on helping nurses, she says the organization not focused on nurse issues, regardless of the petition
  9. by   MadeleineBinoche
    Thank you with all my heart for taking time to write this article.
  10. by   katherine100
    NOt showing up is a big indicator. Just shows you how fast things can turn against you for not showing up.
  11. by   pmax57
    Diversion can be the outcome of forgetting to chart a Narc on a busy unit. If you test clean on a drug test there is a good chance you we be assumed to have diverted for a loved one. The BON must do what they have been hired to do (protect the patient). However there is a chance that if you have angered someone you will be reported even if others on the unit have committed the same offense. Can you use this to excuse yourself or to state existing prejudice? I wouldn't. On the other hand this is how petty managers get away with unethical behavior which appears to be rampant in business ( yes you can call hospitals a business now ) today. Please don't judge each other without full knowledge.
  12. by   JericaL
    Your nursing license should be in jeopardy if you diagnose someone in your family, give them your own prescription pills and then threaten them if they don't want to take them (and against your doctor's wishes). That really should be against the law if it isn't already.
  13. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from JericaL
    Your nursing license should be in jeopardy if you diagnose someone in your family, give them your own prescription pills and then threaten them if they don't want to take them (and against your doctor's wishes). That really should be against the law if it isn't already.
    Your viewpoint on this issue is interesting. Thanks for taking the time to share.

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