Well, it's been a while but I thought I would post an update on where I am at with my Reprimand from over ten years ago and my journey to become an NP.
I am still in graduate school and am about to start my psychiatric practicum which will take 1 full year - then I graduate. I also decided to do a sub specialty in Nursing education - as a back up. Now I can teach at the University level as well. I did that as an extra measure of security.
My job as a Nurse Coach dissolved due to issues with the new presidency and what that meant for the Affordable Care Act, so I went back to work at a hospital in the area as a med-surge tele floor nurse. I made that decision alone, as I felt working 3 x 12 hour shifts would be best for my practicum schedule. It affords me more time to complete my hours with a preceptor. I chose the hospital I am at because I felt that working as an employee would make it easier on credentialing for my NP license when I change positions from an RN to a PsychNP provider. I gave it a lot of thought. I planned ahead.
I do have to disclose my reprimand to my preceptors (which I have not done yet). My school sends them a copy of my license anyway. So I know it is best to give them a heads up. I have printed out my license and NPDB report and am prepared to build this into my story of success to becoming a Psych NP. I am not sure how the whole credentialling process will work, but I do know that many providers have entries in the NPDB and it is not the end of your career. Far from it.
However, what better person than ME to demonstrate to psych patients - who feel held back in life, have conditions on their records and some even with criminal histories - that YOU CAN find a way to have an impact, to live a good quality life, and to not allow anything, or anyone such as BON hold you back. They will not dictate my happiness or quality of life. Our stories need to be told. Your story needs to be told. It must become a creative expression of the future work you choose to do. It wouldn't of happened if it wasn't a part of your purpose. Screw limitations. Fear is boring. More of us need to rise up and move through these uncomfortable situations in our lives. Thats the whole point.
Keep Going. I am.