Let's say your nursing license was suspended 7 years ago. You have worked in another field and you now want to have your license reinstated. This is common and more nurses whose license is suspended want to reinstate for whatever reason. Maybe its the economy, maybe the kids are older now, or maybe you are ready to deal with the process now and you were not ready several years ago.
This isn't legal advice but just a little information and common sense:
1. Take a deep breath.
2. Gather all the documents you have from the State Nursing Board. If you lost or misplaced the documents, contact the Board.
3. Read all the documents twice and note your questions in a journal.
4. Keep a journal of your efforts and progress. You will need to refer to this in this months or years to come because usually when your license is reinstated there will be some form of State Nursing Board probation and/or monitoring.
4. Ask a friend, family member, partner, or peer to review your documents with you.
5. Plot your next course of action based on the legal documents before you. This may include contacting the State Nursing Board to officially start the reinstatement process depending on the conditions for reinstatement.
6. Don't despair because it is a process (you will not become a licensed nurse again overnight) and its going to take a few months or maybe a year or longer depending on the conditions for reinstatement.
7. If you need assistance with this process, you can always contact a nurse license defense attorney in your state or jurisdiction for legal representation, counseling, and advising.
If you are in Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, my office can assist you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email Jack, my legal assistant at email@example.com. Or you can call 513-771-7266 (office) or 513-328-7253 (Jack's direct dial).
If you need a referral to a nurse attorney in another state contact the nurse attorney referral hotline of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA) at (866) 807-7133.