Trained and registered nurses are given a license to practice once all educational programs and requirements have been satisfied. However, simply because the nurse has spent years training to get a license does not mean that he will have it throughout his professional nursing career. Registered nurses can have their nursing license suspended if they do not follow nursing procedures or laws as outlined by the state where they operate.
One of the major reasons why a registered nurse can get her license suspended is because of patient negligence. This includes acting in a manner that is inconsistent or does not measure up to the standards required when a patient is experiencing specific symptoms or need immediate medical attention. Patient negligence can lead to severe medical complications such as strokes, heart attacks and death. It is the nurse’s job to prevent these complications from happening.
Following Board Regulations
A nurse can also get her license suspended if she acts in a way that goes against the regulations presented by the hospital board. This is not just in relation to patients as mentioned above, but also in regards to professional actions and behaviors in the hospital with other nurses, trained practitioners and doctors. Each case of regulation violations are often examined by the board to determine a nurse's intention about breaking the rules.
Mental or Physical Disabilities
A registered nurse can also get his license suspended if he suffers from a mental, emotional or physical disability that interferes with his ability to conduct his nursing requirements on the job. Each situation is evaluated in terms of how well he can perform his daily duties with reasonable skill and safety for other coworkers and patients.
Alcohol or Drug Dependent
Another cause for nursing license suspension is if the nurse is addicted to alcohol or drugs. Drugs include all types of drugs or pills that are habit-forming, such as amphetamines, hallucinogens and narcotics. A nurse can also have her license suspended if she misuses any drugs prescribed to her.
Unpaid Student Loans
Although one might not think it as a valid cause, a nurse can have his license suspended if he is not paying installments on his nursing student loan. The nurse must provide valid documentation that he is paying a certain amount on a set timetable before getting the suspension lifted.