..for those RN’s with a “history” of past disciplinary actions from the State Board of Nursing. I have to give credit to the RN’s who are honest enough to disclose such information, even if not on their records anymore and feel sorry that many seeking career advancement in nursing are not given the chance.
Here’s a story of a health care colleague who was looking to fill a director position for a disease management program in his organization. He received many resumes/applications from qualified RN’s and in particular, he was leaning towards one particular applicant with impressive credentials, clinical and management experience. This applicant was exactly who he wanted to be in this position. Many interviews later, he wanted to move quickly and hire her but she has to interview with the CEO of the organization. The interview went well until the applicant fully disclosed a past (like 10 years ago) State Board of nursing disciplinary action resulting from chemical dependency problem. She voluntarily surrendered her license, was reinstated 10 years ago to active status and has been cleared by the SBON.
So perhaps you can guess how the story ended. Her self disclosure has caused her the job. Although my colleague believed that she can do the job even with her past history and was willing to hire her, his CEO, however, wouldn’t take the chance. Self disclosure, although admirable and has many advantages, involves risk and vulnerability on the part of the person sharing the information. The risk is that the people will not respond favorably to the information. Self disclosure does not automatically lead to favorable impressions.
Employers and others in management have their reasons (and the choice) not to hire or promote people with “past history” like hers. Having said that, I do however believe everyone is entitled to be given an opportunity to do good and make things better. Some great leaders and presidents of this great country have made mistakes in the past, yet they have turned out to be well respective individuals with remarkable contributions to our society. This RN was being honest by her disclosure yet the stigma of her past mistake prevented her from a career advancement in nursing. What if this RN didn’t disclose her past? Isn’t there a statute of limitations, after all it has been ten years? As saying goes, “no good deed goes unpunished”.
Do you think she got what she deserved or should they have given her a second chance?