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What chance does an RN with license issues have finding a job?

Dear Nancy,

I am planning to go back into nursing after being injured by a psych patient and needing surgery. I am 69 years old. I have two slaps on the wrist from two state boards of nursing. I have two associate degrees, one in science for medical assistant and an RN. What chances are out there for me now?


Dear Shelia,

With the nursing shortage the profession is facing in the coming years, it would be to your advantage to try and seek employment in nursing. Medical assistants are important if utilized correctly, but their scope of practice is limited. If you continued to work in nursing after the two disciplines, you are an experienced nurse and that can be very helpful to you.

You did not share what the basis of your disciplines were in the states you were disciplined. Was one due to being disciplined initially in one of the states and the second state disciplined you because you were disciplined in that first state? That might be important in your job search since that scenario would be much more acceptable to a potential employer than being disciplined for two different violations in two different states.

You may need to think out of the box in looking for a new job. It would probably be best to steer clear of in-patient psychiatry since you were injured practicing in this specialty and it might not be a good practice to return to for that reason. You might think about school nursing or case management as possible options.

It may not be easy landing a new job right away, but don’t give up on yourself or nursing. You will find your niche.

Sincerely, Nancy

By | 2021-05-07T16:36:14-04:00 June 10th, 2015|Categories: Nursing Careers and Jobs|0 Comments

About the Author:

Nancy J. Brent, MS, JD, RN
Our legal information columnist Nancy J. Brent, MS, JD, RN, received her Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and concentrates her solo law practice in health law and legal representation, consultation and education for healthcare professionals, school of nursing faculty and healthcare delivery facilities. Brent has conducted many seminars on legal issues in nursing and healthcare delivery across the country and has published extensively in the area of law and nursing practice. She brings more than 30 years of experience to her role of legal information columnist. Her posts are designed for educational purposes only and are not to be taken as specific legal or other advice. Individuals who need advice on a specific incident or work situation should contact a nurse attorney or attorney in their state. Visit The American Association of Nurse Attorneys website to search its attorney referral database by state.

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