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How will a misdemeanor impact your nursing license?

Those who earn a nursing degree put in serious study and dedication. In addition to the demands directly tied to the license, there is a tangential cost. These individuals may have to take away time from family and friends as well as put in the financial investment that comes with supporting oneself during the years of work required to earn the license.

Unfortunately, those who put in this work could lose their license over a relatively small mistake.

What is a misdemeanor?

A misdemeanor charge is a criminal offense that can range from a high offense to less serious petty charges. If convicted, the accused generally faces a monetary fine and could be sentenced to a short term of imprisonment. Those with a professional license could be at risk of losing their license due to these charges.

What happens if a nurse is charged with a misdemeanor?

The nurse could face review by the nursing board. If this happens, the board will likely review:

  • Offense. The nursing board will take the type of charge into consideration. Although a petty theft offense may not be too difficult to overcome, a violation involving drugs or violence is a serious hurdle. 
  • Date. The board will also look into when the violation occurred. A violation that occurred in the past will bare less weight than a more recent offense.

The nursing board could use a misdemeanor offense to revoke a professional nursing license. As such, those facing the situation are wise to seek legal counsel. An attorney experienced in nursing license legal issues can advocate for your interest better ensuring a positive outcome.

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