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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.

Doctor relinquishes privilege to practice to licensing board

If a Pennsylvania medical patient accuses a doctor of wrongdoing, the process that unfolds thereafter may intersect both administrative and civil court jurisdictions. Such a situation may prompt a licensing board to take action with respect to a physician's license to practice. In fact, a doctor in another state recently handed over his license, and it has been reported that multiple civil lawsuits are expected to be filed against him in the near future.

Reasons a licensing board may stop a doctor from practicing

In most Pennsylvania industries, there is some type of governing body that oversees the conduct and actions of employed personnel. For instance, the state Department of Education makes decisions regarding the licensing of teachers, while the State Board of Medicine regulates licensing issues for doctors, physician assistants and a number of other health care professionals. In that regard, there are certain types of behavior that would definitely cause a doctor to be at risk for license removal.

Review of Pennsylvania Professional and Occupational Licensure Board Requirements and Processes

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently signed an executive order to examine the state's professional licensing system. "Requiring a license to work in certain jobs helps to keep all of us safe, but those requirements should be fair relative to other states in our region and across the country," said Wolf. "Overly burdensome requirements and fees can block some workers - especially minorities or spouses in military families who move frequently - from starting a career and supporting their families."

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