Alot of my law practice involves counseling and advising my clients who are being monitored by the State Nursing Board or seeking reinstatement of a nursing license. Nursing Board probation should not be taken lightly by no means and you are required to strictly comply with the Adjudication Order, Consent Agreement, Agreed Order, Monitoring Agreement, etc. Partial or substantial compliance is not enough. Again partial or substantial compliance is not enough.
You have to be ready and prepared for State Nursing Board monitoring and if you don't have an attorney representing you, I would suggest that you consider attorney representation, counseling, and advising. Why? While you are on probation for 6 months to 10 years, issues and things will happen and you may need legal advice. Life happens and the State Nursing Board staff cannot counsel and advise you; but you can talk these types of things over with your attorney.
What do you mean 10 years, LaTonia? Okay let's say your license is suspended for a minimum of 3 years. You may have terms and conditions for reinstatement, which may take 6 months to 2 years or longer to complete just to reinstate your license after the 3 year suspension. Once your license is reinstated, you may have 3-5 years of Nursing Board probation and monitoring. That's close to 10 years especially if you include the disciplinary investigation and hearing.
Why am I posting this? There are more and more of us who are signing State Nursing Board agreements without really taking the time to understand what will be required by the State Nursing Board probation and monitoring. I understand you just want to get the pending complaint over and done with and you want to move on with you life, but you need to really review and appreciate what it means to be on probation with the State Nursing Board and how your life will be impacted.
For some, its not an issue and Nursing Board probation passes fast, quick, and easy. But for others the opposite is true because life happens while you are probation with the State Nursing Board. You are no longer able to afford $75-$150.00 a month for drug screens or you feel as if you are under a microscope at work and you can't take it because your supervisor reports everything to your Nursing Board case manager or monitoring agent, or you can't handle keeping track of the paperwork and documents needed to stay compliant with the Nursing Board, or you want to focus on your family, or you have an ill family member you need to care for now, or you are pregnant and you don't want the extra stress, etc. There are a million reasons why you may need to start and stop Nursing Board probation.
Life happens and the career, financial, emotional, social, medical, spiritual, mental, family, work-related and other stressors of life don't stop just because you are on probation with the State Nursing Board.
State Nursing Board probation should not be taken lightly and your compliance with the State Nursing Board document (whether its disciplinary or an alternative to discipline program document) should be approached in a systematic manner.
If you are on probation with the State Nursing Board or if you are going through the process of having your license reinstated, don't give up. I know its hard. Just seek some assistance and ask for help. I am pulling for you and once you are off probation, send me an email and I will congratulate you. Jack, my recovery assistant will probably want to call you personally and tell you how wonderful you are and how things are looking better already!!