Philadelphia Lawyers – Nursing License Defense
As a nurse you are under a tremendous amount of pressure to perform. If your ability to perform your job is being threatened by an allegation of unethical or unlawful behavior, or if an addiction to an illegal substance has you worried that you will soon have to face an administrative board, you need an effective nursing license defense attorney.
Call on The Law Offices of Brian E. Quinn in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the level of assistance needed to resolve your professional licensure matter and the underlying issues. Contact us today.
Calling a Professional License Defense Attorney
When alcohol abuse or drug use threatens your ability to maintain your good standing in the nursing profession, you need legal intervention. The Law Offices of Brian E. Quinn is committed to defending the rights of those who face administrative hearings and challenges to their professional licensure.
It is important to contact a professional license defense attorney the moment you are informed that an administrative investigation is underway, or if you suspect that an investigation is pending.
Professional Health Monitoring Program (PHMP)
The Professional Health Monitoring Programs (PHMP) of the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) is a method by which professionals suffering from a physical or mental impairment such as drug or alcohol addiction will be given the opportunity to seek appropriate treatment and be monitored in their practice. The PHP includes two programs, the Voluntary Recovery Program (VRP) and the Disciplinary Monitoring Unit (DMU).
Voluntary Recovery Programs (VRP)
The VRP offers a confidential treatment and monitoring program for professionals suffering from drug and alcohol or mental health issues.
To be eligible for VRP enrollment, a licensee must enter into a Consent Agreement with the licensing board for a period no less than 3 years. This Agreement will stipulate that disciplinary action will be deferred while the licensee adheres to the terms and conditions of the treatment program.
If the licensee fails to adhere to the terms of the Consent Agreement, the licensee may be subject to an automatic 3 year minimum suspension of their license. If a licensee successfully fulfills the terms of the Consent Agreement, no disclosure of public record is made of their participation in the VRP Program.
Disciplinary Monitoring Unit (DMU)
After the licensing board has placed a licensee on probation, the DMU monitors that probation in order to determine that the licensee complies with all terms imposed by the licensing board. All of the BPOA licensing boards may refer licensees to the DMU for monitoring.
Professional Nurse Peer Assistance Program (PNAP)
Effective April 3, 2009, the Department of State has a contract with the Pennsylvania Nurse Peer Assistance Program (PNAP), a non-profit organization, to provide peer assistance services to Commonwealth - Licensed nurses. This new contract establishes the parameters by which PNAP and the VRP will coordinate their activities to assist impaired nurses referred to the VRP and the DMU.
Since the PNAP contract was signed, we have assisted several nurses in their enrollment with PNAP. We will work closely with PNAP on your behalf.
Contact Us Today
Preserving your professional standing in the communities in which you serve is our priority at The Law Offices of Brian E. Quinn. If you would like to speak with an attorney about your impending administrative hearing or about some other aspect of the professional license defense process, contact us today. Call 1-866-657-7318.