As a licensed professional in Pennsylvania, you likely recall how hard you studied and worked to earn your license. Whether that was more than 10 years ago or just took place within the past couple months, if an obstacle arises that calls your professionalism into question, you may worry about the future of your career. One of the most stressful experiences a doctor, nurse or other licensed professional can have is to be summoned to a licensing board hearing.
Life as a Pennsylvania doctor or nurse can be stressful. In addition to staying updated on current medical data and regulations regarding patient care, being a medical professional can pose personal challenges as well. Family life often bears the strain of mothers or fathers who must work long hours away from home, thus causing various relationship issues. Some medical workers also face serious problems concerning prescription drugs and substance abuse. In fact, misusing prescription drugs can lead to serious medical licensing problems.
Many Pennsylvania nurses have access to controlled substances during the normal course of their work duties. A nurse in another state is currently the subject of a licensing board proceeding and criminal investigation regarding accusations against her that she harmed her patients. Two key factors are central focuses of her situation: She is said to have inappropriately handled drugs on the job and also that she tried to infect her patients with Hepatitis C.
If co-workers or employees accuse a Pennsylvania doctor or unlawful behavior in the workplace, he or she may risk a license suspension. A situation that remains ongoing in another state involves a physician who has been branded as a public health threat by the medical licensing board. The doctor has apparently practiced family medicine for more than 25 years.
An administrative process is in place in Pennsylvania and all other states that investigates suspicious actions and complaints against physicians and other licensed professionals in the workplace. A licensing board has the power to suspend a license if it determines a particular party is a threat to public welfare. In fact, sometimes a board takes action if it thinks a person's actions may pose a threat down the line, if not in present circumstances.
A neonatal intensive care unit is a specialized department of hospital care in Pennsylvania and all other states that treats newborn infants suffering serious illness, infection or injury. The NICU in another state is currently under investigation regarding several infants who suffered injuries while in admittance. The situation has become a medical licensing concern for a particular nurse who works in the unit.
No certified professional wants to have his or her license called into question. Even if a licensing board ultimately determines no wrongdoing on a particular doctor's, nurse's or practitioner's part, merely being accused or suspected of such is enough to damage a professional and personal reputation. In Pennsylvania, licensing hearings are held in Harrisburg.
There are several types of issues that may arise in a Pennsylvania physician's personal life that can impact his or her licensure and career. One such issue would be if a doctor were to face criminal charges, perhaps for driving under the influence of alcohol. In fact, a licensing board in another state recently suspended a doctor's license for that very reason.
Many Pennsylvania residents may prefer to entrust their health care to physicians whose practices have a "small town" feel. The problem is that some doctors who favor traditional (some say, old fashioned) ways of record keeping, or allow patients to receive care without worrying about insurance, may run into legal complications if problems arise. A doctor in another state understands this all to well. In fact, his situation resulted in a licensing board stripping him of his license to practice medicine.
With few exceptions, it often takes very little time before you realize you are in an exhausting, thankless job. This may be especially true for nurses. Working as a nurse means being on your feet for many hours, dealing with difficult patients and demanding doctors, and risking exposure to illness and injury.