Quote from chris_at_lucas_RN
(Okay, I guess I am going to have to be the bad guy here.....)
A $100 shoplift by a 22 year old (as opposed to a child) is not an "error in judgment." It is an indication of character.
No prior criminal record does not mean no prior bad acts. It means he was never caught before this.
Nursing is not a profession where it is OK to have fuzzy morals. Patients and coworkers depend upon each of us being the best that we can be, and that means doing the right thing automatically.
"Errors in judgment" that are really just yielding to temptation are exactly what happens with nurses who steal patients' meds, who shortcut or avoid tasks they do not like even though the patient needs them, who may lie to avoid consequences of their own misdeeds, who (noting an event described on another thread) may well think it is OK to pick a syringe up off the floor and use it in a patient if no one sees.
Of course I don't know your "friend," so this is not directed at him personally, but.....
If he did not know what he was doing was wrong, he lacks the character to be in a profession where lives quite literally will depend on him.
If he did know it was wrong, and still committed the act, he still lacks the character to be in a profession where lives quite literally will depend on him.
Either way, the legal and licensing guidelines are there for a reason. Could you (or anyone) trust him if he were not being watched or, say, if the patient were unconscious?
He can find some other profession where he can make good money, other than nursing, and he needs to go do that, not try to get around the rules yet again. He might also consider some long term psychotherapy for what could be a "character defect" (also known as a "personality disorder"), if he has any remorse for what he did/does and wishes to change.
Seriously, though, thanks for starting this thread. The issue is an important one.
Chris, I respectively agree to disagree with your statements. How can you be as strict and judgemental toward this young gentleman.
Yes, he made a fatal error in his life and does not mean he is a worthless human being.
He will have to face the jury, judge and those who will be in court. Most likely, they will place him on probation and community hours.. It is not for us to be the young man's judge and/or jury.
It is our job to give him suppot, explain and give adice or suggestion and to call the BON in his state. He is already aware of his actions and the effects of his action and how they effects other issues in his life.
They are many nurses, who are currently working in medical facilities. Some had drug chemical dependence issues and they were given a another chance in the career of nursing with restrictions.
He is entitle to be a LPN and to be given a chance as everyone else. I would allow this gentleman to stay in my home without me being present. I will show him respect as well as give him an oporturnity to be a coworker if I was on the board.
How long should this gentleman for his mistake in society? Should he just have a career in crime because people do not want him in a respectful, high standards and professional career?
Everyone has made mistakes in their lives and dealt with the consequences. It does not matter if the mistakes were criminial or non criminal intent.....it was a mistake. Forgiveness and the opportunity for one to repent their wrong doing.
For example, I was in the first year of nursing school when I did something stupid. I went down to the shore and to let loose. Then I did not drink because of my medicine. I fell asleep and my friends called me for a ride. I went to the bar and of course, they were not ready. I order a corna drank four gulps and 3/4 of the beer is left. We left the bar and I had keys in my hand and I was arrested. The charge was the intent to drive under the influence and I was pissed. I blew an 0.08% and they tried to say my medications was illegal. I went through so much crap because of my choice of drinking a beer. Prior to the court hearing, I went to the first offense program and twenty hours of community services. The judge commend me for taking the steps of the first offense program and I had to stay on probation for two months.The judge explained to me, the medications could had affect my thought prooccees as well as my coordination and tonever do it again. I did not get dismiss from nursing school, I sat for certification and pass, I work as a RN. My patients love me and my work is good. Therefore, I learned from mistake and I was able to practice without restrictions.
I do not go around looking for alcohol or drugs in my patient's rooms and I am not chemical dependent. I made a choice that could had cost my caeer in 1998.
I will not judge this gentleman at all and I will give him the guidance and support.
Please do not be so harsh on an individual due to his action that lead him into this situation. He will pay for his mistake emotionally, mentally, in the court room and maybe the BON.
Have a great weekend,