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Will a DUI cost you your professional license?

Although the criminal penalties for a first-time drunk driving offender may be as minor as a misdemeanor, the same cannot always be said for someone who must safeguard his or her professional license. In fact, that risk may be present even for recent graduates who are applying for a professional license for the first time.

Is medical licensing oversight getting more aggressive?

Professional oversight of licensed medical professionals falls to individual state agencies. According to a recent article, nursing boards in many different states have tigthened their oversight protocols in the past 15 years. 

Could a boundary violation cost you your medical license?

The Florence Nightingale effect may provide romantic fodder for Hollywood dramatizations, but real life is an entirely different matter. Indeed, alleged boundary violations may give way to litigation and other professional consequences, such as a negligence lawsuit and/or losing one’s medical or nursing license. Fortunately, state laws and professional ethical codes do offer some guidance. 

Do malpractice claims prompt medical license investigations?

Is the path to mental health recovery as straightforward as treatments for physical ailments? For example, if something goes awry and a mental health patient commits suicide, should that behavior have been foreseen? 

RN ASKS, "I AM GOING TO REHAB FOR MY DRUG USE. WHAT DO I TELL REHAB?"

If you are going into treatment for drug use, and have been diverting drugs from your job, you should never disclose this to your treatment provider. You will be admitting to a crime. Although it is necessary for you to disclose to the treatment provider what substances you have been using, where you obtained the drugs from is not important for purposes of treatment. Any admissions you make about drug diversion could be used against you.

I HAVE BEEN ACCUSED OF BEING IMPAIRED ON THE JOB WHAT SHOULD I DO?

In the past year, I have represented a dozen nurses and doctors who have been accused of being impaired on the job. Many of these clients have been on pain medication and anti-anxiety medication. Many healthcare professionals who suffer from chronic pain are being prescribed opiate medications. Often, depression and anxiety medication are prescribed as well. Because of concerns over the use of opiate medication leading to addiction, more and more pain management doctors are beginning to prescribe alternatives to opiates. Recently, I have seen many clients who are now being prescribed Neurontin (gabapentin) to manage their pain. Some clients are also being prescribed Amrix, a muscle relaxer.

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