Q. DOES MISSOURI HAVE AN IMPAIRED NURSE PROGRAM?
A. The Board does not have this type of program but for assistance you may contact the Missouri Nurses Association and/or a treatment center of your choice.
Q. CAN NURSES CONTINUE TO WORK IN THEIR PROFESSION WHILE DISCIPLINED BY THE BOARD?
A. Whether or not a nurse is able to continue in the profession depends on the type of discipline administered by the Board. A nurse who has been censured may continue to practice without limitation. Probation, which may be for a period of up to five years, will require the nurse to meet certain requirements and may include specific practice restrictions. If a licensee violates a term of probation, the Board may, after a hearing, impose any further discipline that is authorized to be imposed after the initial discipline, pursuant to Section 324.042 RSMo. The Board may choose suspension, for a period of up to three years, wherein the nurse may not practice nursing until the period of the suspension is completed. It is not uncommon that a period of suspension is followed by a period of probation. Revocation is the most severe disciplinary action that may be taken. The individual cannot practice nursing. However, one year after the effective date of the revocation, the nurse may apply for a nursing license, which will require approval from the Board and requires passage of the licensure examination. The Board may place the license on a term of probation upon passage of the licensure examination.
Q. IS DISCIPLINARY ACTION PUBLIC INFORMATION?
A. Yes. Disciplinary action, whether present or past, is an open record and available to the public, including prospective employers.