Published Nov 5, 2016
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Kooky Korky, BSN, RN
I let mine lapse because I thought I was never coming back to nursing again.While I was working as a nurse I never let it lapse. Working as a personal trainer I was 100% sure I was never to return. Well, here I am back in nursing and had to deal with months of going back and forth with the Dept of Professional Regulation in Illinois, to reinstate my license. If i EVER leave again, I will never let it lapse. I will always renew it....just in case. (as someone mentioned above) i also had to make the trek to Springfield from Chicago. UGH. Never again will it lapse.
While I was working as a nurse I never let it lapse. Working as a personal trainer I was 100% sure I was never to return. Well, here I am back in nursing and had to deal with months of going back and forth with the Dept of Professional Regulation in Illinois, to reinstate my license. If i EVER leave again, I will never let it lapse. I will always renew it....just in case. (as someone mentioned above) i also had to make the trek to Springfield from Chicago. UGH. Never again will it lapse.
Had a friend who tried to obtain an Illinois license by endorsement. She had to get fingerprinted in person (duh) by the Marshall or Sheriff or Highway Patrol or State Police or whoever. They told her it would take three weeks to get from where she went in Southern Illinois (yes, there is life south of Chicago, even south of NYC) to Springfield. After 4 weeks, they told her they had sent it.
Springfield claimed to have not received it, although it was supposed to have been hand-delivered and signed for. She got printed again after a few more weeks of incompetence. Somehow that set never made it either. She spent all this money, didn't fight hard for a refund, no compensation for her time and travel expenses, of course. Job opportunity was lost. I suggested she call Senators and Governors supervisors, etc. but she retired instead.
Always renew in a timely manner . Always have required ceu's completed before renewal. Knew a nurse that forgot about renewal once and his license was pulled by the BON and he worked as a nurse aide with commensurate pay during the suspension . Another colleague refuses to do the required ceu's and claims to have never been audited.
I think it's bizarre too. Of several instances I've heard about where I work, the most bizarre one was a CMA ('med tech') who had let hers lapse FIVE MONTHS before management (I guess) noticed. And I'm sure that renewal fee was even less than what you mentioned.
No, it's Springfield. It's a long, extremely boring drive from Chicago.
The first hospital I worked at, my LPN license came due in 1985. I paid the renewal, got my license in the mail and put it safely away.
I came in to work one day, clocked in, and was stopped by the DON who told me she wanted the hospital to have a copy of my license immediately. I said, "Okay. I'll bring it in tomorrow". "No! Go back home and bring it in now!" "Do I get paid for going home and getting it?" I asked. "No", was the answer.
It seems the hospital wasn't keeping up on licenses. A paramedic was on a run from the hospital, stopped by the police it was found he had allowed his driver's license to expire. It was later found out he had also allowed his paramedic license to expire.
So, the hospital was hot to make sure all licenses were current.
kbrn2002, ADN, RN
I never even come close to letting mine expire, which for me is pretty impressive considering I am usually a great procrastinator. I did let one of my RN licenses expire though. I live in a border state and got licensed in both states in case I decided to seek employment across the border someday. Well, someday still hasn't come and I got tired of paying for a license I never use so I let that one lapse the last renewal date. I figure if for some reason I need it I can always pay the marginal reinstatement fee to activate it again.
My license is due every 2 years on my birthday. I do not get a reminder in the mail. I have never forgotten to renew, but I do get nervous that I will forget. We can renew online, and I have remembered a day or two before my birthday a few times. Thank goodness the renewal is immediate.
My states does not have CEUs for "general" RNs, but I have CEUs I have to complete every 5 years for school nursing.
Our office manager had to give several written and emailed reminders for years for everything for many of our clinical staff.. Professional license, CPR, mandatory inservices, drivers license, car insurance, TB, flu vac. That's a lot of reminders x all of our staff. I finally had a meeting with staff, after being on the clinical side with them, and explained how awful it was to place extra burden on non clinical staff being paid 1/2 their wages and not having her workload decrease just because she is spending so much time tracking and begging for proofs of renewals. The reminders are great, multiple reminders shouldn't be called for.
Once they understood how their procrastination affected her, there hasn't been a problem since.
Love my staff!
Paid mine today ($180), glad I have that out of the way and don't have to worry about it until next year :)
VegGal, BSN, RN
.... Paying my license renewal fee is a priority for me because, without my licensure, I can no longer generate the income to pay for anything else. If I ever found myself in such a bind that I had to choose which bill to pay, I would always pay the renewal fee first or, at the very least, borrow the money to pay the renewal fee. After all, without an active license, payments for the top-of-the-line phone, nice car, or restaurant food would soon cease to occur.Thoughts?
I think that can be said for any number of things in our society today. I've met people (nurses included) who wait on doing certain important things that involve money because of not managing one's finances well. It probably has nothing to do with whether they have money or not. They are bad planners, and don't live on a budget, and these days getting the latest gadgets are more important than paying nursing dues, or health insurance, or even utilities.
Not all of us are that way of course, but I see it more and more, even in older adults who you'd expect to be settled in life, and to know how to plan how to spend their pay check. I've known nurses who let their certifications and licenses run out, and who are completely shocked when HR tells them that they can't work. Sadly, a $700 phone is much more important to them than a license of a couple hundred dollars. Oh and don't forget that the phone was probably purchased on $25 a month installments, so maybe they really don't know how to budget for a $100 or $200 license that comes up "suddenly."
FurBabyMom, MSN, RN
I have always renewed my license pretty much as soon as I could (in my state you have to be within 90 days of expiration). This year, for some reason, my employer didn't remove me from the delinquent list until about 3 days before my license was supposed to expire (despite the multiple emails I sent to our nursing staffing office which handles oversight of credentialing). I almost got to take an extended vacation (I was on vacation the week prior to my license's expiration this year).
STUPID STUPID STUPID. In my state the very first year they began audits, they chose me. IT DOES HAPPEN, it is not an urban legend. I was prepared, thankfully for the penalty was suspension of licensure for unprofessional conduct, a fee and having to stop working until requirements for CEU completed and proven. It DOES happen.
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