When you face criminal charges or have been convicted, your instinct may be to keep it a secret. You may know that it could impact your career as a nurse in Pennsylvania, but think that you can get away with hiding a misdemeanor or criminal charge from the State Board of Nursing. However, there could be serious repercussions if you do not report criminal charges or convictions.
In the past year, I have seen a significant increase in the number of prosecutions for nurses who have been accused of falsifying timesheets and medical records. In particular, the increase in prosecutions usually occurs with home healthcare nurses,