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I worked for an entire year before an error concerning my license was discovered. How should I approach job applications and interviews regarding my situation?

Friday May 10, 2013
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Dear Nancy,

I relocated to another state because of a promotion. When I applied for reciprocity, I inadvertently left out the final steps of the application process and it was never completed. I was new to the process and had never applied for reciprocity before. I thought I was granted reciprocity as soon as I posted my license for verification. There were no red flags that indicated there was a problem. I worked for an entire year before the error was discovered. After it was, I applied and received my license. However, I was terminated and the incident will be reported to the Board of Registration.

I have had a license in good standing and a successful career for 15 years. My concern is being able to continue to work as a nurse in a healthcare facility. I am concerned that this will hinder me from being employable. How should I approach job applications and interviews regarding my situation?

Lisa Marie



Nancy Brent replies:

Dear Lisa Marie,

The situation you describe concerning your inadvertent practice for a year without a license is not that uncommon. However, as you know, it does have its consequences and they will have to be dealt with. The board will decide what discipline is appropriate based on your particular circumstances. You might want to seek legal representation from a nurse attorney or attorney in your state who can help you present your situation in its best light.

The attorney you retain also can discuss with you how to handle this, including any discipline imposed, with future employers. As is always the case, honesty is the best policy. With your 15 years of nursing experience to speak for you, this inadvertent mistake most likely will not prevent you from continuing to work in nursing and in healthcare.

Cordially,
Nancy




Nancy J. Brent, RN, MS, JD, is an attorney in private practice in Wilmette, Ill. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as legal or any other advice. The reader is encouraged to seek the advice of an attorney or other professional when an opinion is needed.