Warning on an LPN License.

  1. Hello everyone.
    This is my first post, so I apologize if it's in the wrong section. I graduated nursing school, and became an LPN in June 2011. I started my first job at a long term care facility in July and after 15 months with no problems, I made my first mistake as a nurse and forgot to administer Colace to a patient two days in a row. Ultimately, I was fired and received a warning on my license two months ago for it. I haven't been able to get a job since, and am feeling really discouraged. Because I haven't been a nurse for that long, I also have inexperience against me. I live in a small town, and was wondering if I got licensed in a different state in the future (since it will always be on my record) if my warning from Vermont will show up on the new state's license as well? Thank-you.
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  3. by   nurseprnRN
    We can't give legal advice, but it is generally known that the new state may have something to say about the restriction on your old license when you apply for another state license by reciprocity/endorsement. Your best bet is to call your new state's BoN and ask them how they would handle your request and what you should do.

    Good luck!
  4. by   MsSocalRN
    Sounds very harsh for just missing colace for 2 days! Did the patient end up with an obstruction or something due to constipation? Sounds like to me something else was going on, not necessarily something you did, maybe something someone else did and you were the scapegoat. Anyways you will have to check with your BON. But I'm sure when you apply for another state they will ask on the application if you have had any disciplinary actions against you. I have been licensed in two states and I recall being asked that, and the BONS communicate with each other when you apply. Good luck to you, and always CYA when you miss a med call the MD and let him or her know, document, and write new orders if you were given any!
  5. by   grad2012RN
    Just curious, so I can learn. Why was the med dose missed, were you aware that it was ordered? Craigslist.com may have some LPN openings in your area. Unfortunately, job opportunities are few for most of us, so hang in there, and best wishes to you.
  6. by   xoemmylouox
    I am very surprised that you got something on your license for something as small as missing two doses of Colace. There must be more to that story.
  7. by   Tacc
    Thank-you for all the feedback so far! The reason they were so harsh on me is because the LTC facility had received an IJ Tag in March of that year. They ended up having to let go of some nurse's and those of us that were left had to cover all the shifts (plus our own) until they hired more. When my DON pulled me into the office in October (a few days after my error was discovered) she told me the facility administrator could not tolerate any nurse's making mistakes as they were in enough trouble. I also did not get along with my DON's daughter, who also happened to be an LPN (very awkward!) but I really don't think that had anything to do with it.
    As for why the Colace was not given, I honestly spaced it and forgot to circle my initials in the MAR when the pt. refused to take the med. It was a mistake and I knew better, why I forgot to circle it, I have no idea...everything was so crazy with the state there.
  8. by   xoemmylouox
    But it isn't the facility that puts warnings or restrictions on your license it is your BON. Facilities can report anyone for anything, but the BON decides what if any punishment is needed.. So I still don't see why you would have anything on your license for this. Did you go before your BON?
  9. by   hope3456
    A good example of why you should not depend on a nursing job for long term employment. Always have an emergency fund and stay out of debt.

    OP- did you file for unemployment?
  10. by   dansamy
    You marked the MAR as administered, but the patient refused & you didn't alter your MAR to reflect that?

    Falsified documentation would be the reason for the BON to sanction/discipline you. But it is really harsh and kind of overboard, IMO.

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  11. by   NP2B2016
    There was seem something else going on here. Colace doesn't warrant that you will have BM within a day or two. In the past I have administered Colace to some pts for days and no BM and even a harsher one like miralx still no BM. Sometimes it takes movements to stimulate bowel. To me this is way too harsh and that's why I never work at the LTC again. No thank you! They will throw you in the bus first before allow you to stain their reputation.
  12. by   jlidester
    Interesting comments
  13. by   Meriwhen
    OP: your BON will be able to tell you if you have any disciplinary action on your license. You WOULD know if they had disciplined you, as you would have received a whole load of correspondence from the BON and likely have had to attend a hearing to explain your actions. In addition, you can look up your license online and see what action has been taken.

    And ONLY the BON can discipline your license. No employer can. This employer can mark you as a DNR (do not rehire) and have their own disciplinary action on your file with them, but they can't sanction your license itself. They can only complain to the BON about you, and the BON will decide what course of action, if any, to take from there.

    If you did have disciplinary action on your license...most if not all BONs will ask you if your license has ever had disciplinary action in any other state, so yes, you'd have to fess up to it if you apply for endorsement elsewhere.

    Best of luck.
  14. by   SycamoreGuy
    Interesting indeed, I wonder if it was some kind of informal warning? It may not even be "on your license" never heard of such a thing but if I were you I would definitely look into it with your BON. Also consider broadening your job search, perhaps there is a town or city a short commute away that you could consider?