The RN nursing license is a requirement for any nurse practicing under different jurisdictions. The remarks by Russell highlight a sense of professional ignorance. In a bid to respond to Russell, there is need to understand the registration and set regulations. Within the guidelines, an RN license has a lifeline of 2-3 years in that a person has more than enough time to renew and amend a license (Cherry & Jacobs, 2016). One should take the initiative to ensure his or her license is up to date given the long period given for one to engage with the licensing board and seek funds if necessary to facilitate the renewal.
Russell highlights financial constraints as the reason as to why he may fail to renew the license. The situation highlight a complex situation but should not be the reason as to why Russell knowingly intends to practice without a current license. Russell has no choice but to ensure his license is updated to ensure it meets the legal and professional requirements. Given the organizational structure and contract agreements, a person is entitled to an advance pay or pay relief. In this scenario, a personal may apply for finances to facilitate for the renewals, the same would be deducted from subsequent pays.
Russell failure to adapt to the organizational structures and ignorance while complying with the minimum requirement indicate personal attributes and lack of professionalism. A license renewal should be paramount to any expense undertaken by Russell. Failure to comply with the minimum requirement may result in a conflict between Russell and the external environment, which includes the regulatory board, the employer and the clients.
Implication of Practicing As an RN without A Current License
Practicing without a current license may result to legal and professional action. The board holds the right to suspend a person’s license if he fails to renew or fail to pay the required fee on time. In situations where the nurse continues to practice without a valid RN license, then legal action may be taken against the nurse (Cherry & Jacobs, 2016). Practicing without a license would be the legal charge against any nurse practicing without an updated license. From the case study, upon the expiry of Russell’s, RN license, he might be assumed to have committed a felony and legal action taken. Different jurisdictions have laws to regulate practices without licenses. According to Ohio revised Code it is unlawful for one to use RN title or practice as the same without a current license (Ohio Law and Rules, 2017).
Russell therefore, ceases to become a Registered Nurse upon the expiry of the current license. The court or nursing board my order penalties for nurses practicing without a valid RN license (Cherry & Jacobs, 2016). This may range according to the nature of crime. Incarceration and fines are the most likely penalties to be issued against Russell if he decides against renewing his license and practicing with an expired RN license. In the case of the board, it may issue fines or suspension of the RN for a specific period. More action may be taken if during the period Russell causes harm to a patient, the patient may add damages to the charge shit. The institution under which the nurse works may be charged for professional negligence (Cherry & Jacobs, 2016 and Ohio Law and Rules, 2017).
In conclusion, practicing without a valid RN license has a negative effect on the nursing profession. Any complain arising from the patients may result to suspension or revocation of an institutions license or the individual nurse’s license. Legal action is inevitable in an event a person chooses to practice without an updated license.