Work can be a very stressful place, particularly within the medical profession. When bombarded with stress, a person may occasionally let emotions get the best of them at work and say or do something that they know they really shouldn't. This isn't too surprising; we are only human after all. However, if a person is accused of habitually acting in an inappropriate manner at work, they can find themselves facing real problems. Physicians are no exception to this.
Sometimes, a disciplinary proceeding against a nurse will result in the state's nursing board issuing an order which places certain conditions on the nurse. Accusations of violating the conditions of such an order can lead to a nurse temporarily or permanently losing their license to practice nursing.
It is a sad reality that drug abuse/addiction problems afflict some physicians. A recent review of government data conducted by USA TODAY indicates that, every year, around 103,000 U.S. doctors, health care aides, nurses and medical technicians struggle with drug problems.
Many hospitals and healthcare providers perform annual employee evaluations. As a nurse or medical resident, it is important to request a copy of each evaluation which you should save for your records.
Promptly consulting a license defense attorney is something a Pennsylvania nurse should consider if they have been accused of crimes involving illegal drugs. Allegations regarding illegal drugs can result in a nurse facing major professional consequences. License defense attorneys can talk over options with nurses accused of drug offenses, can help such nurses with any nursing board hearings they are facing and can work to minimize the professional impacts the allegations have.
In the past month, I have spoken to four nurses fired from their job for diverting narcotics.
There are many regulations that nurses here in Pennsylvania are required to comply with. Being accused of having violated state nursing regulations can be an incredibly serious matter. Such accusations can lead to a nurse facing disciplinary action from the state's Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs.