Its Just a Public Reprimand is like saying Its Just a Hemorrhoid.
Okay next time you see me ask me to tell you about similarities and differences between a public reprimand and hemorrhoid. I can't do it on the blog; its too offensive and I don't want to receive a private email (which I will have to publish here on the blog) or written correspondence by mail (which I will have to publish here on the blog) from some nurse saying how offended she (its always a she) was by my blog post.
Why am I harping on a public reprimand this week? After all it is the least amount of discipline available and its not probation, suspension, or revocation.
What is a public reprimand?
A public reprimand is not a private reprimand.
A public reprimand is a big deal because like Long Island Iced Tea (LIIT), its no big deal initially but give it time. I went out with a group of my girlfriends and I had a LIIT last month; I sipped and danced and sipped and danced a little more. This wasn't a watered down LIIT but a "real long" LIIT made at a serious bar for serious drinkers who seriously want their monies worth.
It was 6pm and I met my friends for Happy Hour. I don't get out much because I work 12-16/6. So I am thinking oh this isn't too bad, its 6pm on Thursday, I will hang out until 9pm or so. I also assumed the drinks would not be too stiff because folks have to work the next day, right? I know.
I asked for a glass of champagne or sparkling wine and the bartender at this club laughed. This should have been a clue for me, right? My BFF said "oh give her a LIIT."
Then, she says "you know its Thirsty Thursday, so drink up." Okay, this should have been my second clue, right? Drink up on a Thursday? Really? I have to work on Friday and to me that's like saying drink up on a Sunday evening.
It was Thursday but I wasn't Thirsty for a beverage.
I am always Thirsty for the big faces (large bill denominations) but never alcohol. Maybe I can have a Thirsty Thursday once a month in my law practice where I charge $75.00 for a 30 minute telephone legal consultation. I may try this next month and set aside one Thursday (9am to 7pm) for legal consultations at $75.00. Stay tuned.
I had ONE LIIT. One LIIT. My husband picked me up and drove me home on a Thursday. On a Thursday. One LIIT. Enough said. Needless to say I am not "allowed" to go to Thirsty Thursdays.
But please invite me if you have a Meaty Monday. I like chicken and turkey.
How about Tired Toes Tuesday? I would love to have a manicure, pedicure, and 45 minute massage.
Before you sign a Public Reprimand, have a nurse license defense attorney review it with you and discuss the implications of the public reprimand with you.