As a California Registered Nurse, your job is necessary for keeping the community safe and healthy. When you’ve had your professional license suspended for unethical behavior or from receiving a criminal conviction, it can feel like your career is over. However, you still have options that can keep you in your field and get you back to work sooner.

Waiting to Get Back to Work

Depending on the severity of your circumstance, the California Board of Nursing typically requires suspended nurses to wait at least one to three years before petitioning to get their medical licenses back. If your nursing license was suspended for a mental illness, your wait time for reinstatement can be closer to a year. During your waiting period, it’s important to keep yourself informed on best practices in your field. Here are some options you can consider:

Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Rep

As a rule, nurses have a lot of experience and familiarity with a variety of medications and medical devices. These fields could be an easy transition, even temporarily, to allow you to continue using your medical knowledge. 

Health Care Administrator

Although you may not be able to use your nursing license, you may still be able to remain in the health care industry. Some options that don’t require a medical license are administration types of positions. These would allow you to stay up-to-date on changes in your field while you wait to petition for reinstatement.

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Petitioning for Reinstatement

Whether you have just been suspended or are approaching the end of your waiting period, you need a professional license defense attorney. An experienced nursing license defense lawyer can petition the California Board of Nursing to reinstate your license and successfully get you back on track.

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You’ve worked hard for your career, and we understand the importance of getting back to work as soon as possible. At Unlock Legal, we have worked with hundreds of California professionals, including licensed and registered nurses. We have expertise in navigating nursing boards and can help reinstate your license as well as help prevent it from being revoked or suspended altogether.

If you fear your professional license is in jeopardy, please don’t hesitate to reach out for a quick, discreet, and confidential consultation. Know that with us, you are in great hands. Contact Unlock Legal today or give us a call at your convenience at 949-268-2857 to speak with a professional about your case and your unique needs. You’ll find we are compassionate, easy to talk to, and willing to help in any capacity we can. Losing your license doesn’t have to be the end of your career.

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