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Can I lose my license for being nude on internet?

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climbs has 4 years experience .

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I've been an LPN in PA for the last four years. Prior to getting my license though, I did some modeling for a company, some of it nude but tasteful(no, not porn). I work with someone that used to model for the same company as well, and we're both curious if the board of nursing can and will revoke our licenses if they're found. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I love being a nurse and I can't see myself doing anything else.

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llg has 40 years experience as a PhD, RN and works as a Nursing Professional Development + Academic Facult.

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I doubt it. Read the Nurse Practice Act of your state to see if their is a clause in their that addresses such issues. There probably is no such clause. If after reviewing the Nurse Practice Act you still have concerns, you might want to consult an attorney.

However, if those pictures can be retrieved through a search of your name ... a future employer might find them and it might hurt your chances of getting a job. An increasing number of employers are doing Internet searches of job applicants before hiring. I haven't heard a lot of hospitals/LTC's doing that yet, but it's becoming more common in the business world.

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TheCommuter has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Case Management RN.

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Hello, and welcome to these forums!

Since you posed for the nude pictures several years before you became a nurse, it is unlikely that your actions violated any type of standards of care.

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As a previous poster stated i dont think you have much to worry about from the board of nursing if its not in their practice act. However, many employers are doing internet searches and you would be surprised at the things they find. I recently saw a new poster at work. ( I work for a company with 13 hospitals and growing) This poster states that one should be careful about what is posted on the internet facebook,etc., because you dont know who can view these items and can be grounds for termination. They didnt specifically say r/t hipaa.

Right now in nursing its a buyers market. They can get rid of you for almost anything as there are plenty of unemployed nurses (some cheaper) waiting to fill those vacancies and employers are taking full advantage.

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HeartsOpenWide works as a "Birth Center" Staff Nurse.

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They can not revoke your license, but if prospective employers find out it might not be good.

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Look what happened to that nurse who was on the TV show trying to find a husband. She was fully clothed and her employer took it out on her for being on TV. Try to have the material removed. Your permission should be able to be revoked. See an attorney for help, you might need it.

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NRSKarenRN has 40 years experience as a BSN and works as a Registered Nurse, Home Health.

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pa bon regs has "moral turpitude" language., most of pa pretty conservative.

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see this bon newsletter article.

pa license renewal: are you guilty of a crime of "moral turpitude"? dui, drug crime

...the commonwealth court in moretti v.state board of pharmacy, 277 a.2d 516 (pa. cmwlth. 1971) has defined “moral turpitude” as “anything done knowingly contrary to justice, honesty or good morals.” the state board of nursing has adopted and applied this definition in cases before it where the licensee is charged with having been convicted, pleading guilty, entering a plea of nolo contendere,or being found guilty of a felony or a crime of moral turpitude.

since you brought this issues here, it might be wise to have pics moved to private viewing ...don't want any ammo for disgruntled employee or employer to bring to boards attention if concerned about maintaining your license.

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Fine, I'll be the first to say it...

We need to review the evidence before we can give you a definitive answer to your query.

Thank you.

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climbs has 4 years experience.

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I would love to remove any pictures, but I don't have the rights to them.

My name isn't associated with any of the pictures, but my face is visible and we all know everything is pretty accessible via the internet nowadays.

It just makes me somewhat angry that the state of PA could try to revoke a license based on personal morals. No laws were broken. I can understand if an employer wanted to terminate me based on this fact (although I don't believe my current employer would, and even if they did, I would get an attorney.)

And psychonaut, nice try.

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laughing weasel works as a Lvn in home care.

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ahhhh!!!! drat!!! You should not have any trouble getting license and job. You also will probably find that most employers do not care about past "photo history" unless it reflects poor judgement or could be expected to become an issue.

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suni has 15 years experience and works as a surg rn.

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I think you just need to be careful with anything on the net including facebook. Future employers and co-workers can access a ton of info and who knows how it will be relayed to others/

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I would love to remove any pictures, but I don't have the rights to them.

My name isn't associated with any of the pictures, but my face is visible and we all know everything is pretty accessible via the internet nowadays.

It just makes me somewhat angry that the state of PA could try to revoke a license based on personal morals. No laws were broken. I can understand if an employer wanted to terminate me based on this fact (although I don't believe my current employer would, and even if they did, I would get an attorney.)

And psychonaut, nice try.

PA is certainly not the only state with a "moral turpitude" clause in its BON regs -- mine has it, also. I believe quite a few states do. That doesn't mean you would ever necessarily get "caught" or lose your license if this were brought to your BON's attention. It does mean, however, that none of us can say definitively that that couldn't ever happen.

I agree with the others, though, that I would be more concerned about potential employers. It's good that your name isn't connected to the photos, because more and more employers are doing internet searches of potential employees.

I think most of us have done something in our past we wish we could undo or take back (not necessarily on the scale of "nude photos on the Internet," but still ... :)) I know that I have, so I'm in no position to criticize or pass judgment. Best wishes!

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