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How Could Social Media Use Lead to a Suspension of a License to Practice In Your Medical Profession?

While at work, an Alabama nurse posted information on her Facebook about her patients. While she did not mention any patient names specifically, she posted her place of employment, the unit she worked on, and enough particulars so that the patients could be identified. The Alabama Board also received complaints about the licensed nurse while off-duty. The Alabama Board of Nursing charged her with unprofessional conduct in her failure to respect or safeguard the patient's dignity, right to privacy, and confidential health information. Pennsylvania has similar disciplinary provisions. Posting comments about patient care on Facebook or other social media sites could lead to Board review and possible sanctions.

Ex-doctor sentenced in drug sample case in Pennsylvania

Sometimes, pharmaceutical companies give free prescription drug samples to doctors. It is illegal for doctors to sell such free samples. Being accused of such illegal conduct can lead to significant consequences for a doctor. Recently, such allegations led to a 77-year-old man from McDonald who worked as a family doctor voluntarily surrendering his medical license and being given probation, community service and a fine.

Pennsylvania doctor facing temporary license suspension

Sometimes, the State Board of Medicine will pursue actions in relation to criminal allegations leveled against a doctor. One such action is to seek a temporary suspension of the accused doctor's license. Currently, the board is pursuing this action in relation to a pair of criminal cases that have arisen regarding an obstetrician/gynecologist.

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.

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