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.
Like many of your friends on social media, you probably share your reflections of your day, your family or your job. A stressful day with a co-worker may compel you to vent on Facebook, and an emotional encounter with a patient may inspire you to tweet a message of hope.
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 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.
We recently represented a nurse who voluntarily relinquished his license in the state of California six years ago due to noncompliance with the California Monitoring Program. The nurse had tested positive for marijuana during an employment urine screen.