A nursing license suspension can be highly detrimental to your career. This doesn’t mean you won’t be able to work at all, as there are some jobs you can take during the suspension that do not require a license. Additionally, if the suspension is just temporary, you may be able to have your license reinstated and begin working as a nurse again.
However, this is clearly something that all nurses want to avoid when possible. As a result, it’s important to know why these suspensions often happen, so that you can work to avoid finding yourself in this position.
Issues to consider
The following list is certainly not exhaustive and does not contain all of the potential reasons for a nursing suspension. But these are some issues that you want to consider in his career. A nursing suspension could happen because of:
- Practice-related issues, such as not providing proper treatment to a patient
- Boundary violations
- Abuse of a patient while working as a nurse
- Sexual misconduct, perhaps involving patients or other physicians
- Fraud, which could include faking records or fraudulently claiming to be qualified for a medical position.
- Drug-related issues, such as being under the influence or impaired when at work
Positive criminal background checks. Even if you did not have a criminal record when you were hired, being arrested and facing serious charges could see your license suspended
If this does happen to you, do not assume that you no longer have any options or that your career is over. There are steps you can take to fight this disciplinary action or, as noted above, have the license reinstated. Be sure you know about all of the legal options at your disposal.