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Error or fraud? The importance of accurate patient charts

The nursing profession brings opportunities for joy and heartache. Daily, you meet people who are in need, and you provide comfort and reassurance in addition to medical assistance. Even though many days you go home feeling exhausted and defeated, you may still agree that choosing a career as a nurse was a good decision.

PA SENATE PASSES A BILL REQUIRING PHYSICIANS AND OTHER LICENSEES TO REPORT ARREST

The PA State Senate passed a Bill that would require physicians, accountants, and others who hold a license, certificate or registration from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs to report arrests or professional disciplinary sanctions against them within thirty (30) days. This Bill would also set guidelines for the Bureau in suspending and revoking licenses. Under SB 354, if an incident is not reported within thirty (30) days, the Licensing Board could take disciplinary action. SB 354 still needs to be approved by the House to become law.

What behaviors may trigger an inquiry before the medical board?

In an increasingly mobile and technological society, modern medicine follows suit. For example, a medical doctor may be licensed in multiple states. Although doctors have private lives, the reaches of social media are broad, possibly encroaching on those boundaries. These realities may also raise novel professional license concerns.

What disciplinary issues most threaten nursing licenses?

Like other licensed health professionals, nurses are subject to oversight by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs. The Bureau has 29 professional licensing boards, commissions or other entity forms with the authority to suspend or take other disciplinary actions against licensed workers. For nurses, the entity is the PA Board of Nursing.

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