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HOW DOES A HOSPITAL'S INCREASED RELIANCE ON DATA FROM A PYXIS MACHINE AFFECT A NURSE?

Many hospitals use a Pyxis machine to dispense medication and use the information from the Pyxis to spot trends in the medication of patient as well as diversion of narcotics. Over the past several years, I often get telephone calls from nurses accused of diversion when their dispensing of medication to patients exceeded the norms of other nurses. Nurses' medication habits differ. Some nurses tell me that they aggressively dispense pain mediation in accordance with doctor's orders as they do not want their patients to suffer from pain.

PREMPLOYMENT DRUG TEST

In the past few years, we have seen an increase in the amount of pre-employment drug screens being required of applicants for positions in nursing homes, hospitals, and state facilities.

Do medical device reps pose an ethical conflict to doctors?

Patients rely on their doctors to make medical diagnoses and to recommend medications and/or medical devices for their conditions. Yet given the amount of money at stake in the medical device industry, could a conflict of interest arise between doctors and sales reps? Are doctors trained on medical device implants?

Is a physician’s license analogous to a property right?

Physicians must be licensed to practice medicine in Pennsylvania. Licensure reflects the successful culmination of years of schooling, training and compliance with state laws and regulations governing licensure. Physicians have an understandable investment in their medical license.

Nurses are required to report criminal matters

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.

Could a common mistake jeopardize your nursing career?

Professional license inquiries against doctors often get media coverage. However, it is important to remember that other medical professionals may also be subjected to an investigation from the applicable licensing board. In such event, an attorney who focuses on medical licensing can help protect an individual’s rights.

THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING JOB EVALUATIONS

Most employers, including all major hospitals that I am aware of, routinely perform written job evaluations. If your employer does annual job evaluations, it is in your best interest to obtain a copy of each evaluation and keep it for a minimum of five (5) years.

ALTERATION OF PRESCRIPTIONS

I recently represented a registered nurse who was accused of altering a prescription. The nurse was employed at a local hospital in the outpatient surgery unit. The patient was given a prescription by a doctor for morphine 10mg. The pharmacist told the patient that the pill only came in 15mg. tablets. The patient conveyed this information to the nurse. The nurse contacted the doctor who instructed the nurse to write a new prescription for morphine15mg tablets and sign the doctor's name to the prescription. The nurse made a note on the original prescription, writing on it "15". Her intention was to contact her supervisor so that the doctor could write a new prescription.

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