As someone who has spent countless hours in pursuit of your nursing license, you likely recognize the importance of keeping that license in good standing. Losing your nursing license can mean you lose your entire livelihood, and it can also restrict the types of jobs you can pursue, as well as the salary you can expect as you attempt to move forward in your professional career.
If the New York State Board of Nursing takes away your nursing license, you will need to appear in front of board members and plead your case, which can prove stressful and emotionally taxing. The easiest way to avoid having to do so involves recognizing what types of behaviors and actions may land you in trouble in the first place, so if you currently hold a nursing license, take care to:
Avoid substance and alcohol issues
The nursing profession can be an undeniably tough one, but you can potentially lose your professional license if you commit certain drug or alcohol-related offenses. Therefore, if you currently have a nursing license and also have a problem with drugs or alcohol, seek immediate help to avoid jeopardizing your license and career.
“Blow the whistle” when warranted
If you feel as if your work environment is unsafe for patients, be sure to voice your concerns. For example, you may feel as if your supervisors ask you to care for too many patients at a time and that the quality of care you provide is suffering because of it. If so, make your concerns known to protect yourself down the line.
Use common sense
Another tactic you can employ to help protect your nursing license involves exercising care in your personal life, and this applies to your use of social media. The state nursing board may consider any number of different actions or behaviors to be “unprofessional conduct,” so make sure to act professionally, both on and off the clock.
You cannot work as a nurse without a license, so protecting yours is of the utmost importance.