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Injustices In Nursing

I received an anonymous letter in the mail from one of my readers in response to an article I had written.  She was concerned that nothing was being done about some of the injustices in nursing. At first I felt bad that for whatever reason my article didn’t benefit her.  I know not everyone is going to resonate with my message, but my goal is to learn whatever I can from any negative comments. There are so many injustices in nursing and just to note a few: If a nurse takes controlled … [Read more...]

Is The Writing On The Wall?

Many nurses stay in their job because of their comfort zone.  They are comfortable with where they work, the policies and procedures, the staff, the routine, etc.  But things may not be clicking just right.  Maybe you’re getting write-ups here and there and talked to frequently.  Perhaps you may not fit in with the other staff and all these other little signs. Meanwhile, parts of your body are talking to you.  Your gut is screaming, “This isn’t quite right!” and coercing you to “Leave it!”  … [Read more...]

Are You A Good Samaritan

Recently I was on an airplane when a passenger became very ill and went to the restroom.  A flight attendant asked if there was any health professional available to provide help. My first thought was “Oh, no.  I haven’t practiced in years!  Do I really want to get involved?  And, if I do, can I get sued if I try to help.” After a few quick moments, my heart went out to this poor person in need.  No one else seemed to be getting up to help so I rose from seat.  Fortunately, there was one … [Read more...]

The Problem with Multiple Professional Licenses

Did you know that if you have professional licenses in more than one State and an action is taken against your license in one of the two, it is most likely that an action will be taken against your license in the other State as well? Did you also know that if you have a license that is no longer active in another State, that State then can still take action against your license? These are examples of what I call, “the domino effect.” Are you wondering how these things can … [Read more...]

License Renewal: Honesty Is The Best Policy

It’s that time of year in Indiana, license renewal of the State’s nurses. If you’re not in Indiana, I am sure that you have a similar renewal process so check these out; I think these tips will be very helpful! The Board asks 6 questions in the renewal process because they want to know that you are safe to practice. If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, the Board will require you to give an explanation for your “positive response.” The Board may then call you in for a Personal … [Read more...]

Shortcuts

Have you ever headed somewhere and took a shortcut only to wind up taking more time than had you taken the original route? Well, the same is true in nursing. Some nurses take shortcuts to expedite their work load. Shortcuts can include pre-documenting, medication administration, setting up medications early or even ordering items well before the physician arrives because you are sure the doctor will order it. All of these are very dangerous practices. I have represented nurses who asked … [Read more...]

The National Practitioner Databank and You

The National Practitioner Databank is a repository for the names of certain individuals who have had an adverse action against their license or medical malpractice verdict or settlement. Congress enacted legislation to create the Databank because of increasing occurrences of medical malpractice litigation and the need to improve quality medical care. One of the factors that pushed for the need of a National Practitioner Databank was that, for example, a physician with multiple medical … [Read more...]

Five Ways To Lose Your License

As I begin to write this article, some of things that I will say in it are tongue in cheek but, in all seriousness, everything here is true. FAILING TO KEEP BOARD APPRISED OF YOUR CURRENT ADDRESS: I am surprised how many nurses forget to give the Licensing Board their current address, especially if the address is for licenses in multiple States. It is important to give each Board your current address. My suggestion is to keep a list of all the places you need to notify if you ever move … [Read more...]