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Has someone accused you of being a disruptive physician?

After completing many years of education and perhaps research, you may feel you have earned the respect and consideration of your colleagues as well as others on the medical staff where you work. You may be proud of your knowledge in your field and have little tolerance for those who do not give their full effort and attention to the serious work of practicing medicine.

With that being said, you may not be surprised when others take offense at your comments. When you offer criticism or instruction on how nurses or physicians can improve the quality of care they provide, you may hope they accept your words in the spirit in which you offer them and for the wellbeing of the patients. Unfortunately, you may find yourself accused of disruptive behavior.

Are you facing medical licensing problems in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania doctors and nurses often encounter challenges regarding their relationships with patients, especially if a particular patient complains that he or she is not satisfied with the care being provided. From complaints regarding bedside manner to those involving clerical issues, such as having to wait a long time to get an appointment, working as a medical professional can be quite stressful. When a serious problem arises, such as a filed complaint that prompts medical licensing issues, it not only causes stress for the doctor or nurse involved, it may place his or her career on the line.

It is understandable that you might feel upset or even angry if someone challenges your professional reputation. However, the best thing to do in such circumstances may be to try to stay as calm as possible and access strong support to help you defend your license. Every professional license case in this state is processed in Harrisburg.

Nurse's medical license suspended; faces 19 felony charges

Most Pennsylvania hospitals have neonatal intensive care units that provide specialized care to newborn infants.  There are typically several nurses working in a NICU at once, working as a team to provide care and treatment for a hospital's youngest patients. Several incidents in a hospital in another state have resulted in a nurse having his medical license suspended. He is also facing criminal charges. 

The nurse has had his practice privileges suspended at the hospital, which led to the suspension of his nursing license. Separately, he is headed to trial on criminal charges that he intentionally abused some of the patients in his care. Several of the infants who had been admitted to the NICU where the nurse was reportedly employed and on duty at the time suffered unexplained bruises, broken bones and even a skull fracture while they were there.  

Licensing board suspends doctor in another state

Hundreds of Pennsylvania doctors write prescriptions every day. Prescription medication is used to treat a wide variety of ailments, including chronic pain conditions, infections or acute symptoms resulting from injury or sudden illness. If a licensing board believes it has evidence to suggest that a doctor is misusing his or her prescription-writing privileges, it could lead to a medical license suspension.  

That is what happened in one doctor's case in another state. The state ordered an immediate suspension of his license regarding claims that he prescribed opioids to patients without following necessary consent protocol. Allegations against the physician say that he not only failed to obtain required signed consent for treatment forms from the patients in question but that he also failed to discuss the known risks or benefits of the drugs he prescribed. 

Disciplinary action for a nurse following a DUI

Facing DUI charges comes with the potential consequences of jail time, license suspension or revocation, rehab, public service and fines.

However, if you are a nurse, you may have even more at stake than community service and a hit to your wallet. In fact, your career may be at risk.

Options for physician license defense in Pennsylvania

There are numerous issues that could prompt the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine to suspend a doctor's practice privileges or to sanction his or her ability to write prescriptions or to engage in private practice. If a physician's license is suspended, however, there are still options for a meaningful physician license defense. In fact, there are often several key factors that can help those facing such situations to resolve their problems.

There are important due process rights concerning these proceedings. Any doctor whose license is called into question must be notified and given an opportunity to present a defense to the board. Not every complaint filed against a physician results in a license suspensions; sometimes, board officials will review a particular case and determine that it has no merit, or simply issue a warning. While medical practice statutes vary by state, most states would label certain behavior as unprofessional, such as a licensed physician being convicted of a felony.

Pharmacists get caught up in unlawful opioid dispensing

When someone is dealing with an injury, recovering from surgery or facing the suffering of a lingering disease, finding relief from the pain is often the only way for them to maintain any quality of life. You may feel that one of the most fulfilling parts of your job as a pharmacist is providing that pain relief by filling their prescriptions.

You likely have a strict protocol to follow when you have a prescription for painkillers to fill for a patient. In most cases, the prescriptions are legitimate, and you fill them without an issue. Nevertheless, federal regulations state that any responsibility that falls on a physician for prescribing opioids for illegitimate use may also fall on those who fill the prescriptions. In fact, you may find yourself facing criminal charges and the loss of your pharmacy license if authorities believe you knowingly cooperated with unlawful distribution of opioid painkillers.

Licensing board prohibits psychiatrist from practicing by himself

During their courses of normal duty, Pennsylvania psychiatrists often treat patients who, for one reason or other, benefit from taking prescription drugs. It is no secret that controlled substances are often highly addictive, which is why doctor supervision is so important to patient safety. A licensing board in another state says a psychiatrist failed in his obligation to carefully oversee patients for whom he had prescribed such drugs.

The doctor in question worked at a private practice on Saturdays in his community. The Office of the Attorney General in that state has announced that the doctor is one of two licensed professionals who are being suspended. For the next two years, this doctor's patients will have to seek treatment elsewhere, as he has been forbidden to practice or prescribed controlled substances during that time. 

Conduct allegations can lead to medical licensing problems

When a Pennsylvania doctor's conduct is called into question, it can create complications for patients regarding their current health care regimens. If a medical licensing board suspends a physician's license, he or she is still obligated to help primary care patients obtain treatment elsewhere. A doctor in another state is currently going through a similar situation following reprimand and license suspension due to allegations of misconduct.

The suspension has been ordered effective immediately. A formal hearing will take place to determine the final outcome of the situation. Until that time, the doctor stands accused of violating a Board order and acting unprofessionally in connection with prescribing controlled substances.

Avoiding medication errors could save your nursing license

Being a nurse can be a thankless job. You work long hours, deal with difficult personalities whether it be a patient, a doctor or another member of the hospital staff, and you probably have far too many patients to keep track of during your shift.

Even so, you keep doing your job because you feel as though you can make a difference in people's lives. You help make them better and work diligently to make sure that you do not harm them or make them worse. Moreover, you understand that if you lose your nursing license, you lose your livelihood, so you try not to make a mistake that will end up harming you and the patient.


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