I spoke with a nurse yesterday who voluntarily surrendered her RN license based on information provided in an online forum/board for nurses.
You cannot receive specific legal advice and counseling from an online forum, chatroom, or board for nurses. For specific advice about your situation speak with a licensed attorney who practices nursing license defense in your state or jurisdiction.
Online forums such as www.allnurses.com provide a wealth of information and are very much needed in this day and age of web 2.0. But there are limits and you should not rely on what you are being told by others in these types of forums/boards/chatrooms.
I actually had a client doubting and second-guessing the legal advice I provided to the client until it was CONFIRMED in an online chatroom/forum/board. WTF? I found it amusing but anyway.
Everyone has a different situation with the Nursing Board and no situation is exactly the same which is why it can be dangerous to rely on general advice, assumptions, and information provided in these online forums. These forums again are helpful but are not a substitute for the legal advice provided by a state-licensed nurse license defense attorney who practices before State Nursing Boards.
Lawyers are not the bad guys. A lawyer who knows the process and procedure with State Nursing Board cases can fbe your professional equivalent of a BFF when you are dealing with a State Nursing Board complaint.
Everyone wants something for free. I wish someone could have provided us with our new riding lawnmower with a cart and bagger for free and saved us $1700.00. But practically speaking if you want something from a professional or if you expect a service, item, or product, 9.9 times out of 10, there is a cost associated.
Before you voluntarily surrender your nursing license pay for a one-time consultation with a nursing license defense attorney or seek legal representation from a nurse license defense attorney.
Why? Because depending on your state or jurisdiction when you voluntarily surrender your license, that's it for you . No license, no more ability to practice nursing because a surrender is a surrender is surrender in some states or jurisdictions. Its permanent and it can't be changed six months later when you have a change of heart or two years later after your situation and outlook on your life, your career, and your mood has changed or improved.
A voluntary license surrender is a big deal and the decision to surrender should not be made based on information provided to you in an online nursing forum/board/chatroom.