The Nursing Board has the authority to permanently revoke a license.
This is only the 7th month of the year and I have heard this from 4 nurses. I didn't think the Nursing Board would revoke my license for this!
Don't flame me for this remark but there is a tendency in licensure matters for nurses to downplay and downgrade their situation and the substance of the Nursing Board Complaint.
"I did this, but as least I am not one of those nurses stealing drugs"
"This is nothing compared to the nurse who slapped the patient last year"
"I can't believe the Board is coming after me when the nurses upstairs adminster medications without orders"
"This is silly that I am being investigated when I know nurses who snort cocaine and smoke marijuana on the regular"
Its human to downplay our problems. Its a coping mechanism. Talk to a licensure defense attorney in your state if you are being investigated by the Nursing Board.