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New law regarding licensing boards to soon take effect

Generally, here in Pennsylvania, professional licensing matters fall under the control of the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs and its various licensing boards and commissions. The bureau has 29 different professional licensing boards and commissions.

RN Asks "My Employer Fired Me for Diverting Narcotics, What Should I Do?"

In the past month, I have spoken to four nurses fired from their job for diverting narcotics.

Nurse accused of regulation violations given probation

There are many regulations that nurses here in Pennsylvania are required to comply with. Being accused of having violated state nursing regulations can be an incredibly serious matter. Such accusations can lead to a nurse facing disciplinary action from the state's Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs.

What Are the Consequences of a DUI Arrest for Healthcare Professionals?

If you are a nurse, doctor, dentist, pharmacist or other healthcare worker and have been arrested for driving under the influence or any other criminal charges, the arrest could jeopardize your healthcare license.A DUI arrest, even one that does not result in a conviction, can have an impact on your license. If you are arrested for DUI, you may be eligible for Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition Program (ARD). This is a preliminary probation program which will allow your record to be expunged after successful completion of the ARD program; however, you may still be required to notify the licensing board of this arrest.Up until recently, the Licensing Board would typically learn of an arrest when a licensee disclosed the arrest on the biannual renewal of the license; however, recently, the licensing boards are learning of the arrests of healthcare professionals by doing their own investigations.

Does Disciplinary Action In Another State Affect My Pennsylvania License?

On a regular basis, I receive telephone calls from physicians and nurses asking me if discipline from another state can affect their Pennsylvania license. The answer is yes.

PA Introduces Legislation to Permanently Revoke the License of Nurses Convicted of a Felony Under the Drug Act

On February 25, 2013, House Bill Number 817 was referred to the Committee on Health.  If enacted into law, any nurse convicted of Section (a)(12) of the Drug Act or a substantially similar offense in another state, will have their nursing license permanently revoked.  Section (a)(12) makes it a crime to acquire or obtain possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge.

Nurses and Addiction

The American Nurses Association (ANA) says approximately 10% of nurses are dependent on drugs, making the incidence of drug abuse and addiction among nurses consistent with that with the U.S. population

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