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Tips to help you protect your California nursing license

Have you ever heard the old saying, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?" Although most people automatically think of staying healthy when they hear this saying, it is a useful approach to all kinds of situations. For nurses, adhering to this concept can be one of the best methods of nursing license defense before it is ever needed.

How is it possible to practice nursing without a license?

Unbelievably, many nurses in California have been caught practicing nursing without a license. How could something like this even happen in today's world where proper credentials are so important? The reasons are many and varied, which the following sections will show.

Diversion as an alternative to disciplinary action

Drug and alcohol abuse impact people in all professions, and nurses are certainly no exception. In fact, because of the innate stress of their jobs and the easy access to prescription drugs, nurses — like other health care professionals — can be more prone to develop addictions than people in the general population.

Why a board-sanctioned diversion program might be a good idea

Like every other human being, registered nurses can make mistakes and fall prey to errors in judgment. Nursing is a high-stress, high-pressure occupation even when you love your job. As such, alcohol and drug addiction can happen before you are even aware that you might have a problem or that your nursing license is in jeopardy.

Outstanding student loan debt can threaten your nursing license

If you are like most licensed professionals, you worked hard to acquire the education and training necessary to become a practicing nurse. You may have had to get student loans to help you pay for your education, but it remains a source of pride and accomplishment for you.

The state nursing board has no jurisdiction over these matters

Last month, we wrote a blog post discussing several types of complaints that fall within the territory of the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). Since that post, we have received several inquiries asking about other matters that may or may not threaten a registered nurse's license to practice in the state.

Types of complaints that fall within the board's jurisdiction

As we have stated before in our blog, you cannot please everyone all the time. Someone can file a complaint against you for even the most minor perceived offense, putting your hard-won nursing license at risk. It is always important to keep nursing license defense in mind if a person complains, but it is also important to understand what kind of complaints fall within the California Board of Registered Nursing's (BRN) jurisdiction.

Overcoming issues that puts your nursing license at risk

It seems as if nurses and other medical practitioners in the state of California are losing their licenses at an alarming rate. This can make all nurses worry about protecting their careers. An unfortunate byproduct of this worry is that it can take the joy out of one's work and may even cause them to lose focus while performing employment duties.

Nursing license defense: Understanding disciplinary terminology

Anytime a California registered nurse faces a disciplinary action, it must always be considered a threat to your license. Like any real threat, developing a strategic response is critical. You worked hard to acquire your license and protecting your career is a top priority. In order to accomplish this, understanding the disciplinary terms you may hear or read during an investigation is crucial.

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