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How can nurses protect their licenses?

On Behalf of | Jan 6, 2022 | Medical Licensing

After all the hard work and dedication it takes to earn a nursing license, you will do all you can to avoid license revocation. Fortunately, you can safeguard the profession you love so much by taking a few crucial steps.

There are numerous causes of revocation, and being aware of these causes is the first step to avoiding it. Here is how you can rest assured of a long and fruitful career in nursing.

Be honest about mistakes and errors

In the event you make a mistake when providing care, tell your supervisor or colleagues about it immediately. Withholding the error or attempting to conceal it will only make the matter worse once the truth comes out. By being open and honest about mistakes, you can immediately make efforts to fix it and ensure the patient is well.

Do not work through exhaustion and fatigue

Mistakes are even more common if you are feeling tired and fatigued. Nursing is often a grueling profession, complete with long hours and many late nights. Pay attention to signals from your body and take breaks as needed to remain on your toes when providing care.

Be mindful of your conduct outside of work

Criminal activity, illicit drug use, failure to pay child support, and many other occurrences can also jeopardize your license. Failure to pay other types of debt is also taken very seriously and can result in license revocation. Even the content of your social media feeds can call your reputation into question, so it is important to conduct yourself in the proper manner even when not at work.

You might also consider implementing professional liability protection in the form of an insurance policy. Even the best nurses make mistakes, and liability insurance adds another layer of protection in the event you do.