Let's not make this into some catastrophe for nurseAdam.
Was it poor judgement? AbSOLUTELY.
Who here has not been guilty of that? Perhaps not in this way, or even in our professional lives, but we those of us who have lived long enough and are introspective enough, will realize our own failures and shortcomings and mistakes.
If his behavior is a PATTERN, then it merits a tongue lashing and repeated terminations. Time will tell.
Adam, you made a mistake. ONE mistake does not render you un-hireable, a bad person, a bad nurse. It renders you...human. Just like the first Adam. Welcome to the club of human foibles.
Learn from your mistake, forgive yourself, resolve to move forward.
I hope you will follow the advice of Tina, RN, b/c it is spot on.
I can almost guarantee you the very worst thing your ex-employer will say is "Not eligible for re-hire". They will v likely leave it at that. And Tina's response covers that v nicely.
All these strangers on All Nurses can judge this one behavior, but they CANNOT judge you. YOU MUST DO THAT YOURSELF. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE (or maybe not, that takes time, some people never know who they are, use this to find out. Take a good look in the mirror. Do you like what you see? If not, get going, and get growing.)
Use this miserable, embarrassing experience to answer those questions. Who am I? What do I value? What do I contribute? What are my goals, my motivations, my strengths, my weaknesses?
If you do that, you WILL be okay. Better that okay. This too shall pass.