What are the most common reasons for nursing license loss?

On Behalf of | Sep 25, 2021 | Professional License Revocation

You put time, effort, money and attention into gaining your nursing license. Thus, it makes sense to do everything you can to protect it. Plenty of problems in your daily life could potentially lead to the suspension or even loss of your license.

Thus, one of the first things you can do is understand exactly what causes nurses like you to lose their licenses. This allows you to avoid these behaviors or actions, further protecting your own license.

Drug problems and licensure

Scrubs Mag discusses some of the most common reasons for the loss of a nursing license. This includes diversion of drugs, i.e. directing drugs to someone who is not a prescribed patient or selling them for personal gain. It also includes suffering from an addiction to drugs without having an enrollment in a good recovery program, as refusal to get treatment or complete the program can result in license revocation.

Falsifying patient records, providing a fake copy of your license, and engaging in mail fraud also can result in license loss. Mail fraud does not have to do with nursing, either; the conviction of any sort of mail fraud can result in license loss.

Unprofessional nursing conduct

Unprofessional conduct serves as a blanket term of behaviors and actions that can result in suspension or revocation. Unprofessional conduct can involve everything from having an affair with a superior to using inappropriate language with a patient. It can also include sleeping on the job.

Finally, neglect or abuse may result in loss of license, either through intentional attempts at harming a patient or simple mistakes that happen due to overworked staff. Unfortunately, one small mistake could lead to a loss of licensure if you are not careful.