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.
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.
Chemical dependency can have vast impacts on a healthcare professional. It can affect all aspects of one's life and endanger a person's entire career. One thing a healthcare professional who is struggling with such problems may wonder is what possible sources of help are out there.
Many hospitals and healthcare providers perform annual employee evaluations. As a nurse or medical resident, it is important to request a copy of each evaluation which you should save for your records.
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.
In the past month, I have spoken to four nurses fired from their job for diverting narcotics.
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.
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.
Allegations of inappropriate touching have been leveled against a doctor here in Pennsylvania.
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.