10 Ways to Lose Your Healthcare License
1. Addicted, Not in Good Recovery Program
We’ve all heard the story – the nurse with the back pain who gets prescribed Vicodin. After her pain has subsided, she slips herself a little extra pain-killer on the side. And then a little more. And more still. Soon, she is addicted and it’s getting out of control. While abusing narcotics is reason enough to lose your nursing license, many board will suspend your license and require you enter an addiction recovery group. There are even recovery groups just for nurses in this position.
If you complete your therapy and remain clean, you can retain your license. However, if you refuse to enter recovery or continue to abuse drugs/alcohol while in recovery, your state boar can revoke your license. Because nurses are near a infinite number of prescriptions, employers know that some may be tempted to indulge. So think again if you are toying with the idea of slipping a few pills under the table.
2. Impersonating Another Licensed Practitioner
Believe it or not, this happens. And employers sometimes don’t catch it for years. A wannabe may have a felony conviction that will prevent him from getting a license, or she may have had her own license revoked in the past. Whatever the case, identity theft is plausible if these “healthcare professionals” can obtain the correct papers. Whatever license you may or may not have will be immediately revoked by your state board, and that will stay on your record.