Your problems with substance abuse have taken a toll on your personal life as well as your work life. It all caught up to you, and, now, the state nursing board has suspended your license. For the time being, you will not be able to do the job in which you excel. Problems from your personal life gradually enveloped your professional life. Now, you must pay the consequences, ride out the storm, focus on rehabilitation and hope to get reinstated.
Nurses can have their professional licenses suspended for a number of reasons, including drug and substance abuse – the most common; unprofessional behavior; neglect or abuse of patients; job-related mistakes; criminal behavior such as stealing medication and creating false patient records. With firsthand experience, you know this. Now, you want to change things and get back to helping patients.
Promptly complete documents, patiently wait
Depending on the incident, a license suspicion can last several months. However, in Indiana, if your nursing license has been revoked – which is more serious, you cannot apply for a new one for seven years. In seeking to get your suspended license reinstated, here are some steps to take:
- If you have a substance abuse problem, seek treatment and therapy.
- Accurately fill out all required documents related to reinstatement. The information should include proof that you completed the disciplinary requirements and rehabilitation.
- Submit these documents and make sure you meet the deadlines. Punctuality is essential.
- Patiently wait for the board of nursing’s decision, which may take several months. And, remember, there is a chance you may be called before the board, so be prepared to present your case seeking reinstatement.
You have made some personal and professional missteps. Now that you have recovered, you want another chance to return to a fulfilling career.