Board of Nursing

Discipline

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. Probation, which law dictates cannot be longer than five years, will require the nurse to meet certain requirements and may include specific practice restrictions. The Board may choose suspension, which law dictates cannot be longer than three years, wherein the nurse may not practice nursing until the period of the suspension is completed. It is not uncommon for a period of suspension to be administered, followed by a period of probation. Revocation is the most severe disciplinary action that may be taken. The individual cannot practice nursing again. However, one year after the effective date of the revocation, the nurse may make re-application for a nursing license, which will require approval from the Board and may entail completing the licensure examination.

Q. IS DISCIPLINARY ACTION PUBLIC INFORMATION?

A. Yes. Disciplinary action, whether present or past, is open record and available to the public, including prospective employers.