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Factors that may affect your counseling certification or renewal

Obtaining your license to be a certified counselor is no easy task. If you realized in high school or college that this was your career goal, you planned your course of study, taking challenging classes and looking for opportunities to increase your skills and experience. You then completed your graduate work, including field experience with a trained counselor. You sought professional endorsements and prepared for your exam.

The only thing left is to qualify for the ethical requirements the National Board for Certified Counselors sets forth. Because of the delicate nature of the work counselors do and the high level of trust your clients will place in you, the NBCC has rigid rules related to the behavior of counselors. If you are seeking certification or renewal of your certification, you should understand the challenges you may face, especially if your past is not perfect.

Allergy doctor facing medical licensing problems re allegations

Many Pennsylvania residents suffer from seasonal allergies or other conditions related to food, topical products or chemicals. One of the most logical things to do if symptoms arise is to seek medical examination from a licensed physician who specializes as an allergist. An allergy doctor in another state is currently dealing with a medical licensing problem; his license has been suspended because of allegations made by some of his patients.

The situation involves three female patients who are teenagers. They claim the doctor acted inappropriately during examinations when they had sought diagnosis or treatment for allergies. The visits had taken place at two different office locations. The supposed incidents took place over a seven-year time span. The female patients in question say the doctor touched them in a sexual manner while he examined them.

Effects of professional impropriety and physician license defense

If someone accuses a Pennsylvania doctor of misconduct, he or she may immediately suffer a serious job security risk. Not every accusation of wrongdoing is accurate or true, however. It is unfortunate that false accusations can have long-term, far-reaching negative effects on a physician's career. Physician license defense is a key factor to overcoming legal problems that arise in the medical workplace, which threaten suspension or revocation of a license to practice medicine.

There are several ways physicians can lessen the likelihood of allegations of misconduct on the job. First, if a doctor must examine a private area of a patient's body, he or she can insist that a third party be present to serve as a chaperone/witness. In some cases, a doctor may be justified in requesting more than one chaperone, such as if the patient in question has expressed that he or she is uncomfortable or nervous about being examined.

Tips for stress relief in the world of nursing

Most Pennsylvania residents experience various levels of stress in their lives. As a nurse, you may find yourself feeling immensely stressed while at work because of the many activities you need to complete throughout the day and the numerous patients you need to interact with, many of whom may be less than pleasant.

Your stress may not end when you go home either. You could have family or financial obligations that leave you feeling as overwhelmed as you felt while on the job. Unfortunately, if you let stress get the better of you, you may turn to questionable actions in order to handle it. Before you feel such a need, you may want to consider some stress relieving activities.

License board suspends doctor and removes 20 other employees

There is stringent protocol in place in most Pennsylvania hospitals that help doctors and nurses keep patients in need of medication as safe as possible. Long ago, doctors wrote medication orders on pads of paper, and nurses carried out those orders. Nowadays, everything is computerized although digital medication orders are typically read by multiple staff members before a nurse finally dispenses and administers the medical in question. A license board in another state has stepped in and suspended a physician on suspicion that he was either negligently or purposely overdosing patients on fentanyl.

The doctor isn't the only one facing repercussions because of a situation where more many patients in the same hospital have died over a period of time. All of the patients had been treated by the same doctor. They were all also medicated with fentanyl in addition to other drugs in some cases.

Doctor facing medical licensing problems re medical marijuana

In Pennsylvania and throughout the country, controversy continues to surround the topic of marijuana, in particular, whether it should be decriminalized under federal law and whether or not using it in certain forms has medical benefits. Many states have already adopted their own medical marijuana laws. A doctor in a neighboring state was proud to be one of the first physicians to register for the medical marijuana program in his area in 2012, but his work in this particular field has apparently led to medical licensing problems.

In short, the state that issued the doctor's license has now suspended him from practice. In fact, he was ordered to stop practicing medicine altogether by a specific date in February. Accusations against the doctor state that he registered many patients for the medical marijuana program who did not meet the medical qualifications.

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. 

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