I fell ill at work and I was terminated. I filed a grievance with human resources only to have the nurse director threaten me with a call to the board of nursing if I went through with the grievance. I resigned a few days later only to have it sent to the BON anyway. I not only lost my job, but I lost my license and spent more than three years straightening it all out with four other BONs. I want to write an article about my experience to benefit other nurses as a peer and also as a patient.
Dear Nancy replies:
You certainly have had a difficult time with this situation. Your question did not provide many details, especially as to why your lost your license, but what happened to you may be of interest to other nurses who have experienced similar problems when reported to the state board of nursing, so an article might be a good way to inform your colleagues about what you had to deal with when the reporting occurred.
You would need to write your proposed article and submit it to any of the nursing journals/magazines you think might be interested in it. There are many good resources for you, both on the Internet and in print, to help you with this process. Two print resources you might want to review are: Oermann and Hays’ Writing for Publication in Nursing, 2nd Edition, Springer (2010) and Saver’s (with contributing authors) Anatomy of Writing for Publication for Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau (2010).