Back in 1992, I was working as an RN in a hospital on a telemetry unit and in an ICU. I became depressed and suicidal and was hospitalized so, I lost my job. This counted as points against my license.
Then in 1993, I was working as an RN in a nursing home as a charge nurse on the night shift when I forgot some of my psychotropic meds at home. I diverted some patient psych meds for my own use and made the mistake of telling another nurse on duty about it. Well, that nurse told the director of nursing and she informed the state board and that was the permanent end of my license.
I could never get my license reinstated after that for many years except on a probationary basis. And it’s impossible to get hired under that condition.
Only very recently (in the last year) has it been possible for me to take a nurse refresher course at a local hospital and fully reinstate my license.
But, I am 60 years old now and close to retirement age. My last pdoc told me that my illness, sza, can’t handle the stressors of nursing. And in my experience, it can’t, to be honest.