Before you sign up for a Nurse Monitoring Progam affiliated with a State Nursing Board, you should really consult with a nurse license defense attorney before you sign on the dotted line to discuss and review the pros and cons of the Agreement and the Program with you. You need to obtain legal advice from a license defense attorney about your situation.
What is a Nurse Monitoring or Alternative to Discipline Program?
I spoke with a nurse over the weekend who signed a 5 year agreement for monitoring with a State Nursing Board and who is having second and third thoughts about the Program after only 60 days of monitoring in the Program. The best time to ask questions about a Nurse Monitoring Program is before you sign and make a legal commitment.
Nurses, we really need to be proactive and not reactive when licensure, career, legal, criminal, employment, clinical, professional practice, ethical, moral, and regulatory issues arise in our nursing practice. We operate in a society based on law and order and it should not come as a surprise when legal or law related circumstances present in your nursing practice. Don't panic just seek assistance and counseling. You owe this to yourself.
There are far too many nurses, nursing students, and NCLEX-Applicants who still confuse the role of the State Nursing Board with the role of a State Nursing Association and the distinction between the two is mission critical.For example see http://www.wepapers.com/Papers/55541/The_Role_of_The_State_Board_of_Nursing