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Will I Have Trouble Finding Work After Having Nursing Licensing Issues?

Will I Have Trouble Finding Work After Having Nursing Licensing Issues?

Today’s question is: Will I have trouble finding work if I end up with nursing license issues? Potentially, the situation I’ve noticed from many of my clients who have a license with the North Carolina Board of Nursing involves two main scenarios. First, you obviously receive a complaint notification, which lets you know a complaint has been filed with the North Carolina Board of Nursing. This provides you with an idea of the type of violation alleged against you. You’ll then go through their process. If you end up with a public reprimand, it will be published on their website. Additionally, it will be reported to the National Practitioner’s Data Bank, and any employer looking to hire you is likely to check these sources. As a result, you may need to explain what happened.
Some employers will look at it and say, ‘This is too much of a liability for us,’ and they won’t hire you. Others will look at it and say, ‘You know what? This person made an honest mistake,’ and they may still hire you. Another thing to consider is if there is a pending complaint and you are looking for a new job. A lot of facilities nowadays, as many of my clients have told me, will ask, ‘Do you have any pending disciplinary action with a licensing entity?’ This includes the North Carolina Board of Nursing. In general, it is always best to be honest. I’m not advocating for anyone to lie or anything like that; you should be honest on all applications, including employment applications. This is very important.
When you are honest on those applications, the employer is inevitably going to ask you what happened. Therefore, just be straightforward and let them know you are going through the process. Explain that you feel either nothing was done wrong and it’s an illegitimate complaint, or admit, ‘Hey, I did something and I can’t really talk about it too much.’ Alternatively, you might say, ‘I’m accused of something and I can’t really discuss it because it’s an ongoing process.’ Leave it at that.
It is possible that someone may still end up hiring you, knowing that you are honest with them and forthright and that you are in the middle of a process. You must allow that process to proceed, progress, and conclude. Hopefully, in the end, it does not result in something like a public reprimand. The employer will be aware of the situation regardless, assuming you are hired in that particular case. This is a brief overview of the potential impact of a complaint being filed against your license or any disciplinary action taken against your nursing license.

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