Inept nurses free to work in new locales - page 2

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Lax regulators allow harmful workers to lose licenses in one state, keep them in others. ...Connecticut health officials discovered that Wilson had fallen asleep, then ignored -- or possibly turned off -- ventilator alarms... Read More


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    Having had some experience with the Florida BON, this doesn't surprise me. A few years ago I planned to return to my native Florida, and I filled out an application for a license by reciprocity. I wanted to hand deliver the application during a trip to Florida to save time, but there was absolutely zero contact information on it for the BON - no phone number, no street address. Same thing on the website. The mailing address was a post office box. Through my sister (an RN in Florida) I got the address and I went to the office. The employees seemed shocked to see me, and they were more interested in finding out how I located their office than in helping me. When I later called to check on the status of my application (I got the number while I was at the office) I was rudely told not to call again, that I would be notified when everything was done - not very useful when you're trying to coordinate a possible cross-country move. I have never dealt with a state agency as secretive or unresponsive as the Florida BON - and I have worked for four state agencies myself.

    I hope they have improved things since then.
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    Quote from samadams8
    Wow


    You know what burns me is that there are plenty of RNs that get blacklisted/blackballed to some degree b/c of personality BS issues-- and stuff that has absolutely nothing to do with competence, morality, ethics, etc.

    So here's an incompetent boob that just gets passed along, whereas a good enough number of good or even great nurses get shunned or "listed" (behind the scenes mind you) b/c of BS reasons.

    If I ever get rich I am going to post this question in mass surveys across the country.

    I have yet to figure why this is allowed to go on while idiots are passed along or even promoted.

    Can any nurse ANYWHERE please explain this to me?
    This kind of thing goes on in all fields, not just nursing.

    I don't get it either.

    As for the idiots, in the final moments of the movie "The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years", Ozzy Osbourne says, "You meet a lot of people on the way up. Don't F them, because you're going to meet them all again on the way back down."
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    "You meet a lot of people on the way up. Don't F them, because you're going to meet them all again on the way back down." Ozzy Osborne

    That is what is happening in my life. Only I have stayed in the same place. Those who were not nice to me on the way up, beware.

    Quite seriously, at my last job, there was a nurse who came from another state. That was one dumb person. I questioned HR whether the nurse were licensed. Yes, in a compact state. I searched that state's licensure website; nursing was on the same page as trucking licenses, etc.

    I have deep fear of being called upon to supervise a wild card. In almost all situations, as RN, I will be asked to supervise other care givers. If the state can't figure out whose bent, how can I?

    Too much to ponder. I am taking up tax preparation.
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    Quote from centexRN
    "You meet a lot of people on the way up. Don't F them, because you're going to meet them all again on the way back down." Ozzy Osborne

    That is what is happening in my life. Only I have stayed in the same place. Those who were not nice to me on the way up, beware.

    Quite seriously, at my last job, there was a nurse who came from another state. That was one dumb person. I questioned HR whether the nurse were licensed. Yes, in a compact state. I searched that state's licensure website; nursing was on the same page as trucking licenses, etc.

    I have deep fear of being called upon to supervise a wild card. In almost all situations, as RN, I will be asked to supervise other care givers. If the state can't figure out whose bent, how can I?

    Too much to ponder. I am taking up tax preparation.
    We once had a technician who claimed to be a licensed pharmacist in another state. I found that very difficult to believe, for a multitude of reasons (among them being that she was probably the most incompetent technician over the age of 22 that we've ever hired) but I did look up her license and she was telling the truth.

    Since she came to work on time, didn't cause trouble, etc. we did allow her to continue working, even though almost everything she did had to be done over. She just didn't care! I will be forever grateful that they never trained her to make IVs because I would not have trusted anything she did.

    Her husband is a physician, and I also strongly suspect that he was mentally abusive to her and their kids. They moved away a while back.


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