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How do criminal charges affect your Pennsylvania nursing license?

Playing a vital role in private practices, clinics and hospitals, nurses care for patients, administer medications and other treatments, and serve as a go-between between physicians and patients. As a nurse, you must obtain a specialized license to legally practice your duties. Among other qualifications for such licensure, the Pennsylvania Board of Nursing requires nursing professionals to be of good moral character. As such, getting charged with a criminal offense could have serious repercussions on your professional license and employment.

Doctor pleads guilty to prescribing methadone and gets probation

While the opioid epidemic continues to sweep through Pennsylvania and across the nation, you may suddenly find yourself facing accusations of illegally prescribing controlled substances. At The Law Offices of Brian E. Quinn, we understand how patients may attempt to deceptively acquire narcotics and other drugs for unintended purposes. Sometimes, a licensed medical practitioner may be accused of wrongdoing even while following the mandatory regulations and standards for treating a patient. Some other doctors, unfortunately, have also allowed themselves to become swayed by their patients' neediness and have bent the rules regarding controlled substances.

What you need to know about drug diversion

Addiction is a disease, and nurses may be more susceptible to it due to the access they have to controlled substances in the course of their work. If the temptation becomes too great to bear, they may co-opt pill bottles from a narcotic cabinet, dispensary or pharmacy. The term for this specific type of activity is drug diversion. In other words, the nurse diverts the medication from the patients who should receive them.

Chiropractor's license suspended over misleading advertisement

A Pennsylvania chiropractor lost his appeal after the State Chiropractic Board suspended his license for three years and imposed a $10,000 fine. According to The Patriot-News, the chiropractor's license was suspended over a misleading advertisement in which he promoted a "galvanic skin measurement" device. Allegedly, the chiropractor placed the ad in a newspaper specifically targeting the Amish, Anabaptist and Mennonite communities.

Your reputation as a medical professional accused of wrongdoing

From nurses to physicians, medical professionals may run into a number of challenges related to their career. Sometimes, these challenges can seriously affect medical professionals from a personal standpoint, such as a patient's allegations that they are responsible for wrongdoing. There are many different allegations that medical professionals may have to deal with, from alleged offenses which are sexual in nature to negligence that resulted in a patient's unnecessary suffering. It is imperative to understand the potential impact of these accusations, especially when it comes to your reputation.

Can I lose my license by accessing a patient's medical records?

If you are a doctor authorized to practice at a Pennsylvania hospital, and you access a patient's electronic medical records without consent, you may face disciplinary action. This might include license suspension, fines and possible jail time in situations that are in direct violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Recovery resources for nurses struggling with addiction

Substance abuse among nurses commonly arises through drug diversion. When a health care professional feels overwhelmed and has access to pain medication, he or she may use this opportunity to treat chronic pain and other physical and mental health conditions.

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