Like any profession, nursing has a doctrine of rules and regulations by which employees must adhere to better service the needs of others. Despite the obvious close contact between nurse and patient, there are clear lines that cannot be crossed while administering health and wellness care. Unfortunately, one patient was on the receiving end of a significant breach of professional conduct, and the nurse is now nearing the chopping block.
Here's My Number, Now Here's My License
A Rhode Island nurse is under fire and currently suspended following a medical encounter that was far too close for comfort. The Rhode Island State Department of Health (RIDOH) asserts that the male nurse committed several acts of physical unprofessional conduct during procedures, including writing his phone number on the patient's thigh. The nurse additionally failed to record the examinations that occurred accurately.
RIDOH has scheduled a public hearing, asking any others who may have been affected by the now-suspended nurse to come forward. After testimony is heard, evidence will determine if the law was violated and if the nurse will lose his license to practice.
Unprofessional Conduct Accusations Will Lead to Professional Misconduct Allegations
The rules of medical procedures are clear. While most won't require written consent, consent is always through a verbal understanding between the patient and provider. If there is anything undertaken that was not explicitly stated to the patient beforehand, the healthcare provider could be standing on the grounds of professional misconduct.
Allegations could come under the disciplinary board's discretion, even if there are unexpected and unintended consequences of the medical test. Medical institutions work hard to maintain an excellent public reputation. Therefore, they won't hesitate to punish the accused.
For instance, a licensure board may hand down the following sanctions, including but not limited to:
- Compliance or consent order
- Formal reprimand
- Surrendering license
- Voluntary agreement not to practice
Yet not all allegations of professional misconduct are so blatant. Some can even be false accusations.
What Should You Do When Professional Misconduct Allegations Arise?
Losing a professional license can be the end of a dream career for many and the loss of a revenue stream. You must take the rules and regulations of your field seriously and know when it's time to seek valuable resources.
No matter the situation, professional help is available. Your expertise is in your field, so get in touch with a team that has assisted thousands in maintaining their professional license and good standing. Contact the Lento Law Firm online or call 888-535-3686 to get assistance. Its experienced team will ensure that you are protected against harsh disciplinary boards and that you can maintain the reputation you've worked hard to create.