If your nursing license has been suspended, you may feel like it’s the end of the world – but it isn’t. You have appeal options to explore, and (even if your appeal isn’t successful) your suspension won’t last forever.
Depending on the circumstances of your suspension, there are several productive activities you can engage in to better your situation. Here are a few suggestions:
1. Continue your education
Take advantage of online courses, webinars or workshops to update your knowledge on the latest advancements in nursing practice. Many organizations and universities offer distance learning programs specifically designed for healthcare professionals.
In some cases, continuing education can also be a requirement for re-licensure. Identify areas of your nursing practice that you would like to improve upon or new skills you want to acquire. Use this time to take online courses or workshops focused on those specific areas, such as wound care, infection control or patient advocacy.
2. Explore connected work options
You can’t work as a nurse, but you can still work in health care. Consider taking a position as a home health aide, a nursing assistant or a medical assistant in an assisted living facility or through a private company. Or, use your familiarity with the medical field to pick up a job as a medical receptionist, scheduler or transcriptionist. This can keep you connected to the field you love while you wait.
3. Practice rigorous self-care
This is, without a doubt, a stressful time to endure. Engage in activities that help with relaxation, stress reduction and personal well-being. Take up yoga or meditation, rediscover an old hobby or find a new one, and spend more time with your loved ones.
Remember to comply with any restrictions or requirements imposed by the licensing authority while making your plans. Stay informed about the progress of your reinstatement process and follow up with any necessary documentation or steps required to expedite the reinstatement of your nursing license.