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5 reasons you could lose your nursing license

Being a nurse is a difficult job. As you work to take care of patients and save lives every day, you may have concerns about losing your license. Disciplinary action by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) can be scary to think about. But what actually leads to investigations and license suspensions?

If you are a registered nurse and fear losing your license, you should know about some of the most common actions that may put your license at risk.

1. Breaching patient confidentiality

Your patients must have the utmost privacy to protect them. Accidental and minor breaches may occur and may not result in losing your license, but you should be careful about what you say and to whom you say it. Avoid gossiping about patients to family members, friends or colleagues.

2. Engaging in unprofessional conduct

According to, unprofessional conduct such as having sexual relations with a higher-up or using inappropriate language around patients can get your license revoked. You must strive to be professional at all times. Watch how you conduct yourself.

3. Diverting drugs

Taking medication for yourself or someone else is a surefire way to be the subject of a BON investigation. This can easily result in losing your license and even going to jail. Do not slip yourself any drugs on the side, including narcotics, painkillers, anti-psychotics and sleeping pills.

4. Falsifying patient records

Whether you give a patient some extra morphine without recording it or fail to complete a patient record, you could get in serious trouble. Falsifying a patient record can not only lead to a license revocation, but it can also bring harm to your patient.

5. Neglecting patients

Neglecting a patient, even accidentally, can have grave consequences. Even if you are overworked and have a lot of patients, make sure you do not lose track and neglect to give a patient the proper care he or she needs.