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We are back to our discussion of the difference between unprofessional conduct and Unprofessional Conduct. As we said in our Nov. 11 post, the first is loosely defined as, "You probably shouldn't have done that." The second is defined by the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine.

The Importance of Hiring An Attorney After You Have Been Accused of Being Impaired on the Job

If you are a nurse, doctor or other healthcare worker and have been accused of being impaired while working, you should immediately consult with an attorney experienced in matters before the Bureau of Professional Occupational Affairs, the agency charged with investigating and prosecuting healthcare workers in licensing matters.

Unprofessional conduct can get license suspended or revoked

Medical professionals know what "unprofessional conduct" is. They spend years in school and years at the sides of more experienced practitioners learning not just what to do but how to be a surgeon or a doctor. The ethics of these jobs are pretty much self-evident, rooted in common sense and instinct. We may not be able to quote the exact rules, but we know unprofessional conduct when we see it, whether we are in Pennsylvania or Timbuktu.

Ten Year Automatic Suspension of RN's License for Felony Conviction Under the Drug Act

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.

The Consequences of a DUI for a Healthcare Provider

This past year, the healthcare boards have stepped up their investigations of healthcare workers who have been arrested for DUI. The Boards have contracted with a company to investigate the arrest of healthcare workers. What we are finding is that shortly after an arrest; healthcare workers are being notified by the Professional Health Monitoring Program (PHMP) that they may be eligible for the Voluntary Recovery Program (VRP). The letter will inform the licensee that he or she should schedule a drug and alcohol evaluation with an approved evaluator, typically within seven (7) days. Failure to schedule this evaluation will result in your VRP file being closed and your information forwarded to the Department of State's Legal Division for further review and appropriate action.

When employers accuse medical professionals of misconduct

Misconduct allegations can impact medical professionals on a very deep level. They have the potential to affect a health care worker's license status, professional reputation and long-term ability to remain in the medical field.

What happens after a complaint is filed against a doctor?

There are many different rules that doctors here in Pennsylvania have to comply with. Sometimes, when allegations arise that a physician violated these rules, a complaint is filed with the Pennsylvania Department of State against the physician. A complaint triggers a process that can have major effects on a doctor.

A nurse’s career can be in danger when misconduct is alleged

Some people just see their job as their job. However, for many professionals here in Pennsylvania, it is much more than that. They can come to view their profession as a calling and as a major part of who they are as a person. This is a view that many nurses in the state hold.

Physician disruptive behavior allegations can have major impacts

Work can be a very stressful place, particularly within the medical profession. When bombarded with stress, a person may occasionally let emotions get the best of them at work and say or do something that they know they really shouldn't. This isn't too surprising; we are only human after all. However, if a person is accused of habitually acting in an inappropriate manner at work, they can find themselves facing real problems. Physicians are no exception to this.

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