Is My Nursing License At Risk? - page 4

I often listen as certain coworkers, usually the nurses with zero to two years of experience, chime about the dangers to their hard-earned nursing licenses. "I'm putting my license on the line by... Read More

  1. by   LilRedRN1973
    It takes a lot to actually have your license revoked in my state. I was found unconscious at work due to a pain medication addiction, turned myself in and am on a 5 year contract with the Board. I didn't work for about 8 months after getting clean/sober because I was in rehab, then intensive outpatient, then counseling, plus attending daily AA meetings. I gratefully have been employed for 3 1/2 years at the same facility and my license is only in danger of being revoked should I decide I want to drink, do drugs, or don't follow my contract. A colleage of mine was also on contract for being in recovery from methamphetamines; he had to test positive TWICE before they revoked his license. He has to wait 5 years to reapply. Another colleage of mine was diverting from the VA and was charged federally since it was a goverment building. She has multiple charges, has been clean/sober for almost 7 years and has been working as a nurse for the past 5 years. I could go on and on but none of us have had our licenses revoked and it would take not being compliant with our contract.

    I did see the disciplinary hearings for the Board as part of my contract and was shocked at the amount of nurses they had brought before the board for numerous offenses such as refusing to give an order for a medications (a drip that was only supposed to be administered in a unit, not on the floor; she was acting accordingly and her nurse supervisor turned on her). It turned out the nurse supervisor falsified all kinds of documents to try and get this newer nurse in serious trouble. The attorney for the nurse being investigated was awesome and was able to prove that the nursing supervisor falsified time records, blood glucose readings, etc. The newer nurse was absolved of any guilt and an investigation was opened on the nurse supervisor. Another was a case of leaving a bair hugger on a patient and causing third degree burns. She didn't use it properly and was subequently found guilty with her license revoked. There were others but those are the ones that stand out. It was eye opening to attend the disciplinary hearings and see how nurses throw one another under the bus. Scary, in fact.
  2. by   DawnJ
    Thanks for the link, it is a good learning tool for us students
  3. by   FaithGurl93
    That one that had to take a Remediation course is what scared me into not taking stateboards for my LPN. It was a high school program and they tried to cram everything all together. I remember some of the things but not enough to actually go out and work. That's why I just have my CNA and going for my BSN with a program that actually teaches you and doesn't cram lol. But the stories you listed just sounds like people that KNEW they were in the wrong and just got caught. If you know your stuff then you have nothing to worry about as far as losing your license.
  4. by   kingsmiley
    OMG, i had that happen to me b4. she threatened to report me to the BON and not bc i had done anything wrong, just in case i did bc she didnt like me. i put in my 2 week notice the next day
  5. by   waterfall09

    Just to share in my state MASS, MNA has a really good course when the boards comes knocking at your door. As a nurse you have to PROTECT your license. Your employer will never have your back or cover you. Even though you a wonderful employee. Understand your nurse practice act, follow policy and bring to administration. And if you get no results, keep it moving... you can always get a job. But a tainted license will have too many questions to be answered.
  6. by   waterfall09
    WOW, it seems like this is the way NURSING operates. It could be a lie and still you have to defend your license... And it get very expensive.
  7. by   merrywhiterose
    "My point is that the vast majority of license revocations in my state of residence occur due to issues with impairment or diversion. I regularly read the disciplinary web pages on the website of my state's BON."

    You probably realize how many of us nurses fear losing our licenses for minor accidents. This makes me feel a lot better!
  8. by   merrywhiterose
    Get malpractice insurance!!! It's cheap!
  9. by   squirtcatt
    Would be interesting as to which BON had the most disciplinary actions. I know Texas always had a long list!!!
  10. by   rngolfer53
    Quote from VICEDRN
    I'll bite...

    So your theory is that because the nurses that you know that got their licenses revoked all did something illegal/ very serious that all nurses who have their licenses revoked did something implicitly illegal and/or very serious?

    Think that logic is a little faulty there sister!
    I've spent some time reading the disciplinary actions summary that is part of my state's BON newsletter. While it's not a scientific survey by any means, the vast, vast majority of suspensions and revocations involve impairment or diversion of controlled substances, followed by record falsification. The OP is pretty close to the mark.

    You can probably look at the causes for discipline at your state's BON website.
  11. by   Rose_Queen
    Just ran through the latest ones for my states: the vast majority were drugs/alcohol, one stealing from employer (drugs or money), two for disciplinary actions in other states, and one for pleading guilty to a felony. And most of those with drugs were suspended but stayed in favor of probation, so it takes a lot to lose your license in my state.
  12. by   redhead_NURSE98!
    Quote from ThePrincessBride
    Only 158 dollars per year?

    You'd have to be a foolish or in a terrible financial constraints to NOT have malpractice insurance at that rate!
    I've always been against it as a waste of money...until I switched jobs. Mine cost something like $120 a year. It also covers bills if I am assaulted at work or while commuting to or from work, it covers up to 25K in HIPAA fines, legal defense against disciplinary actions, and some other things you wouldn't think a malpractice policy would cover.
    Quote from merlee
    What I really resent is when a management type threatens a nurse by saying they will report her to the BON for some minor screw-up on the floor.
    Question: Can one report management for unsafe patient ratios, the stress that brings on the nurses that they cannot take a break, and still get docked for it?