Approximately two (2) years ago, the Healthcare Boards entered into a contract with a company called the Pennsylvania Justice Network (JNET), whereby JNET will notify the Healthcare Boards of the arrests of any healthcare professionals.
In August 2013, the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing drastically changed the interpretation of the statute governing suspension of a nursing license for a violation under the Controlled Substance, Drug, and Device and Cosmetic Act.
While at work, an Alabama nurse posted information on her Facebook about her patients. While she did not mention any patient names specifically, she posted her place of employment, the unit she worked on, and enough particulars so that the patients could be identified. The Alabama Board also received complaints about the licensed nurse while off-duty. The Alabama Board of Nursing charged her with unprofessional conduct in her failure to respect or safeguard the patient's dignity, right to privacy, and confidential health information. Pennsylvania has similar disciplinary provisions. Posting comments about patient care on Facebook or other social media sites could lead to Board review and possible sanctions.
In the past month, I have spoken to four nurses fired from their job for diverting narcotics.