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Common Misconceptions About Professional Licensure

Brous, Edie JD, MS, MPH, RN

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: October 2012 - Volume 112 - Issue 10 - p 55–59
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000421027.92789.95
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Although most health care professionals know that licensing boards can take disciplinary action against them for professional misconduct or gross negligence in clinical practice, nurses may not appreciate the true extent of authority the nursing boards maintain or the issues they address. This three-part series will discuss nursing disciplinary actions and provide tips for maintaining one's license in good standing. Part 1 discusses misconceptions nurses commonly have about licensure. Part 2 will discuss common reasons boards of nursing conduct investigations and take disciplinary action. Part 3 will be a discussion of strategies for protecting your license.

The first in a three-part series on what nurses need to know about professional licensure, this article discusses four typical misconceptions nurses have.

Edie Brous is a nurse and attorney in New York City and coordinator of Legal Clinic: ediebrous@aol.com. The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.