My Nursing License Is At Risk - Or Is It? - 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
Nov 8, '12 by SENSUALBLISSINFL, BSN, RNQuote from Mulan10 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.
Nov 8, '12 by SENSUALBLISSINFL, BSN, RNQuote from FLmedWow, I clicked on the very first one and there were 7 charges against this person....WOW.Thank you for sharing this. :-)
Nov 12, '12 by suzimarieIf one has obtained their lvn or rn why would they choose to work at a nursing home. Seems so depressing. Just askin'
Nov 12, '12 by TheCommuter, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorQuote from suzimarieSome 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.If one has obtained their lvn or rn why would they choose to work at a nursing home. Seems so depressing. Just askin'
Nov 12, '12 by artsmomQuote from suzimarieI 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.If one has obtained their lvn or rn why would they choose to work at a nursing home. Seems so depressing. Just askin''
Nov 12, '12 by nkochrnI 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.
Nov 14, '12 by brick195969Here 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 your self, 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 liscense. 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
Quote from TheCommuterI 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 dealing with that difficult patient!” “I forgot to give a vitamin B12 shot yesterday, so is my license at risk?” “The staffing at this facility is so bad that I think I’m going to lose my license if I continue working here!”
Personally, four of my former coworkers have had their nursing licensure revoked in recent years. To give newer nurses an idea of the various offenses that frequently lead to revocation of one’s nursing license, I will share the stories of these four nurses.
NOTE: Some readers might be concerned about privacy issues. To respect the privacy of these four individuals, I used pseudonyms to obscure their real names and will be purposely vague about the details that lead to action being taken against their licenses.
However, keep in mind that their real names, license numbers, last known addresses, last known workplaces, educational backgrounds, and exact circumstances that lead to loss of licensure all appear on the board of nursing’s (BON) website of the state where I reside since all of this is public information.
Story Number One – Samantha
Samantha, a registered nurse in her mid-thirties, had approximately three years of experience as an ER nurse at a popular acute care hospital when she accepted a job at the local nursing home where I was working at the time. Her employment with the hospital had been terminated because she had been caught stealing hydrocodone, tramadol, and other medications from the Pyxis. In addition, her urine tested positive for these drugs.
The unit manager at the hospital referred her license number to the state BON, and after an investigation was completed, Samantha was placed on a peer assistance program for impaired nurses. Other local hospitals did not want to deal with the restrictions surrounding her peer assistance order, so she took a job at the nursing home where she was not allowed to handle controlled substances or hold the key to the narcotic box. Her license was revoked one year later after she repeatedly tested positive for hydrocodone and failed to satisfactorily complete the peer assistance program.
Story Number Two – Leanne
Leanne, a registered nurse, was the director of nursing (DON) at a nursing home where I once worked. After an extremely dismal state survey that resulted in multiple immediate jeopardy citations, she was escorted out of the facility by federal surveyors. Her license number was referred to the state board of nursing for falsifying documents, fabricating information, and failing to care plan serious issues. Her license was revoked by default because she failed to appear to the BON hearing where the formal charges filed against her would have been discussed if she had been present.
Story Number Three – Melissa
Melissa, a licensed vocational nurse in her late twenties, tested positive for prescription narcotics. She was employed on the busy rehab unit of a local nursing home, and management noticed that her behavior became increasingly bizarre over her three years of working there. Soon after the assistant director of nursing referred Melissa’s license number to the BON, she ended up at a local psychiatric hospital after having attempted suicide. Her license was revoked by default because she failed to appear to the BON hearing where her case would have been discussed if she had been present.
Story Number Four – Betsy
Betsy, a licensed vocational nurse in her late twenties, was caught diverting massive amounts of hydrocodone and alprazolam (Xanax) from the nursing home where she worked. The pharmacy calculated that she diverted almost $10,000 worth of prescription drugs over a 12-month period. Her license number was referred to the state BON for diversion and defrauding the facility and patients of the cost of the medications. Her license was revoked by default because she failed to appear to the BON hearing where her case was to be discussed if she had shown up.Last edit by TheCommuter on Nov 15, '12 : Reason: [/QUOTE] tags
Nov 19, '12 by annlewisA 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
Dec 15, '12 by MadeleineBinocheThank you with all my heart for taking time to write this article.
Mar 10, '13 by katherine100NOt showing up is a big indicator. Just shows you how fast things can turn against you for not showing up.
Mar 21, '13 by pmax57Diversion 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.
Jun 29, '13 by JericaLYour 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.
Jun 29, '13 by TheCommuter, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorQuote from JericaLYour viewpoint on this issue is interesting. Thanks for taking the time to share.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.