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Archive, March 2016.

After years of school to receive your nursing degree, the last thing you want to think about is losing your nursing license. Unfortunately, a lot of decisions can and do put your license on the line—from drug addiction to negligent patient care, and even owning a pornographic website. However, would a driving while under the influence (DWI) charge that happened while off-duty cause license suspension or revocation?
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Formal complaints from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) can be extremely stressful. Most nurses do not know what to expect, and therefore fear losing their license. All of this is true, of course. And, to make matters worse, everything that is said or done during the investigations is scrutinized by the Board and is used to determine if discipline is warranted. Thankfully, there are steps that can be taken to minimize the damage, namely knowing how to avoid the mistakes most commonly made by nurses facing an investigation.
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When caring for high risk patients, such as those with chronic, degenerative, or fatal conditions, the goal is often to simply manage pain and symptoms. Unfortunately, these patients can build up a tolerance over time, leaving them more susceptible to addiction or overdose. Add in any missteps in your practice and your medical license could be on the line.
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Health care professionals are not immune to substance abuse or addiction. Unfortunately, unlike addicts in other professions, health care professionals may not receive empathy or understanding from their employers, colleagues or community. Moreover, there are often consequences from the Texas Medical Board, including license suspension or revocation. As such, it is important to understand what you may be up against if you are facing allegations of chemical dependency.
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