Your nursing license can be suspended for a number of reasons. From drug abuse to professional misconduct, generating inaccurate patient record, and patient abuse or neglect – these are just some of the reasons why your nursing license may be suspended in Pennsylvania. It is, therefore, imperative that you exercise an utmost level of honesty and professionalism within as well as beyond your professional settings as a nurse. However, in the unfortunate event that your license is suspended, there are certain steps that you can take to have it reinstated.
Here are three steps you can take to get your nursing license reinstated in Pennsylvania.
- Wait until the suspension period has lapsed
Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing will not allow you to apply for your license reinstatement before the period of its suspension is complete. So, you have no choice but to wait for your suspension period to run out before starting the reinstatement process.
- Complete the necessary reinstatement documents
The Penn State of Nursing Board has a set of rules and documents that you must duly complete and submit to have your license reinstatement appeal considered. You will typically be asked for official documents verifying the circumstances that led up to your license’s suspension.
- Submit your reinstatement documents in time
There are deadlines that you must observe when submitting your application for license reinstatement. Usually, you will be required to submit documentation to prove that you have completed 30 hours of continuing education within the biennial period immediately following your reinstatement application.
While the journey to nursing licensure is unique for every nurse, it is guided by licensing requirements of the state you plan to work in. However, bad things happen sometimes. When your license has been suspended, you need to engage a professional license defense attorney to counsel and insulate you from the pressures of the State Board of Nursing. While no outcome can ever be guaranteed, an experienced attorney can hold your hand, walk with you through the appeal process, and help you reinstate your nursing license so you can get back to doing what you love.