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Common Ways A New York Nurse Can Lose His Or Her License

Nurses standing in a hallway of the hospital.Becoming a licensed nurse is certainly not an easy task. Not only must prospective nurses obtain the necessary education but they must also pass a state-administered examination and demonstrate that they are of “good moral character” before they will be permitted to legally practice nursing within the state.

Given the long - and often arduous - process of becoming a fully licensed nurse, it is no wonder why nurses take such pride in their jobs. Indeed, for many, nursing is not only a profession but also a calling.

However, nurses need to remember that even after all of their hard work in obtaining their licenses is complete, the New York State Board of Nursing may consider revoking such licensure for several reasons.

These reasons include, but are in no way limited to:

  • Drugs or Alcohol Abuse: When a nurse’s addiction to drugs or alcohol affects his or her ability to practice nursing, his or her license may be in jeopardy. However, nurses suffering from addiction do have options available to them in which they still may be able to keep their licenses.
  • Diversion of Drugs: A nurse cannot divert drugs from a patient to another person or to himself or herself.
  • Unprofessional Conduct: Criminal offenses not directly related to their practices.
  • Patient Abuse or Neglect: Although this may seem like an obvious reason to revoke a nurse’s license, abandon a patient in care or repeatedly engage in the negligent or incompetent practice of nursing.
  • Fraud or Deceit: The Board may revoke a nurse’s license if he or she has committed fraud or deceit in the practice of nursing. This can include the falsification of patient records as well as allowing another individual to use his or her nursing license.

However, it is important to keep in mind that these are merely a few of the possible reasons that a nurse may lose his or her license. In fact, there are several additional state laws and regulations that govern nursing licensure in New York, nurses need to be aware of if ever accused of wrongdoing that puts his or her license at risk.

Legal assistance may be needed

Ultimately, if accused of wrongdoing, a nurse needs to ensure he or she does everything possible to protect him or herself. After all, the loss of a nursing license not only means an individual may lose his or her job but also his or her career. Accordingly, if you now find yourself subject to an administrative nursing investigation, you need to contact Seubert Law Firm's experienced nursing license defense attorneys.

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