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Doctor comes under scrutiny of licensing board a second time

There are several types of issues that may arise in a Pennsylvania physician's personal life that can impact his or her licensure and career. One such issue would be if a doctor were to face criminal charges, perhaps for driving under the influence of alcohol. In fact, a licensing board in another state recently suspended a doctor's license for that very reason.

It is not the first time this particular doctor has faced disciplinary measures from the board. He reportedly got into trouble some time ago after delivering a baby. Records show that he was intoxicated at the time. This was discovered when the infant's mother complained to administrative officials that the doctor reeked of alcohol during her child's birth. The doctor gave a blood sample that showed his blood alcohol content at the time was .27; this resulted in a suspension of his license to practice medicine.

Licensing board stops doctor from writing any more prescriptions

Many Pennsylvania residents may prefer to entrust their health care to physicians whose practices have a "small town" feel. The problem is that some doctors who favor traditional (some say, old fashioned) ways of record keeping, or allow patients to receive care without worrying about insurance, may run into legal complications if problems arise. A doctor in another state understands this all to well. In fact, his situation resulted in a licensing board stripping him of his license to practice medicine.

The doctor is an older gentleman who says he really tried to provide his patients the best care possible in the style of an old time country practice. He said many of his patients came to him suffering from chronic pain problems. The doctor says he would thoroughly examine each patient and provide prescriptions for medication based on individual need.

Practicing nursing without a valid license

With few exceptions, it often takes very little time before you realize you are in an exhausting, thankless job. This may be especially true for nurses. Working as a nurse means being on your feet for many hours, dealing with difficult patients and demanding doctors, and risking exposure to illness and injury.

If you are working without a license, you face harsh elements of a different kind. The penalties for practicing nursing without a license can be substantial, depending on your circumstances. Each state is different, and the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing has its own requirements for licensure and consequences for those who work as nurses without obtaining or maintaining a valid license.

Too many prescriptions may raise medical licensing questions

It's normal for most Pennsylvania doctors to write prescriptions on a daily basis. However, a situation in another state makes it evident that if authorities think a particular doctor has written too many prescriptions in one year it may lead to medical licensing trouble. The doctor in this case apparently wrote thousands of opioid prescriptions in a single year's time.

He is psychiatrist, not a medical doctor, and the medical board has suspended his license while it investigates the situation. The board seems to be especially concerned with the fact that many of the prescriptions were filled in a city other than the two where the psychiatrist's practices are located. A spokesperson for the medical board said the fact that the doctor holds no registration for a pain management clinic raised the board's interest in the case and prompted investigation.

Licensing board suspends doctor's license amid murder charges

A physician in a state next to Pennsylvania is facing murder charges. It all started a number of years ago when his wife accused him of operating an illegal drug ring. She reportedly wanted a specific settlement in their divorce, one to which he would not agree. The man is now on trial, accused of arranging his wife's murder, and the state's medical licensing board has also suspended his license.  

The woman supposedly threatened to report her husband's illegal drug activities to authorities if he refused to agree to her proposed divorce settlement. Prosecutors claim the doctor, conspiring with a member of  then a biker gang, hired someone to kill her. She was found shot to death at the couple's home on May 10, 2012.

Keeping your career healthy can protect your nursing license

Often, the mistakes a nurse makes that lead to disciplinary action or loss of licensure arise from moments of carelessness or distraction. They may also occur when a nurse is feeling stressed or using ill-advised means to cope with the stress.

Without question, your job as a nurse is a heavy responsibility, and you face life-and-death situations while dealing with miserable patients and a maze of regulations. Nevertheless, if nursing is important to you, both as a means to provide for your family and a part of your identity, you would do well to keep yourself and your career healthy and vibrant.

Protecting your medical license

Obtaining a license to practice medicine is a long and arduous process. You can vouch for the fact that years of your life and hundreds of thousands of dollars went into preparing you for the title of doctor and the responsibilities and rewards that accompany it.

Whether you have only recently become a licensed physician or you have been practicing for years, you have likely planned that you would be a doctor for the rest of your life, building a solid, well-respected practice and retiring comfortably in your old age. One critical thing that could wreck that dream for you is losing your license.

Licensing board suspension precedes federal drug indictment

There are any number of reasons the Pennsylvania Medical Licensing Board would suspend or otherwise threaten revocation of a license. Regardless, there are typically several options available for defending oneself in such situations. A doctor in another state is facing serious professional and legal trouble in connection with allegations of illegal drug sales.

Officials have accused the physician of writing prescriptions for approximately $18 million worth of drugs that allegedly wound up being sold on the illegal drug market. He and several others were recently indicted in federal court on conspiring to distribute prescription drugs illegally. In addition to overprescribing controlled substances, the doctor in question was also charged with health care fraud.

Doctors risk medical licensing censures when accused of crimes

If a Pennsylvania doctor were to be accused of a crime, as a doctor in another state has been, it could definitely place his or her license at risk for suspension. Medical licensing issues are often complex, and there is no predicting which doctors will be stripped of their privileges to practice medicine and who be able to successfully defend their licenses. It all depends on individual circumstances and what support is obtained.

A doctor in another state is accused of sexual offenses against two of his patients. The 54-year-old physician was arrested on a recent Thursday. One of the charges against him involves a minor.

Patient boundaries protect your nursing license

You can probably do without the paperwork and the long hours on your feet. However, if you are like many other Pennsylvania nurses, the most rewarding part of your job is the rapport you build with your patients. In some cases, they may slip in and out of your life, and you barely remember their names. Some patients, though, touch your heart and seem to draw you to them.

Of course, you know it is unprofessional to become too involved with a patient. You have undoubtedly heard cautionary tales of others in the medical profession who made the mistake of developing personal or even physical relationships with patients. Few things can jeopardize your nursing license more than stepping over that line.


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