You have a right to counsel when meeting with a Nursing Board investigator

The role of the Ohio Board of Nursing is to regulate the practice of nursing. This entails issuing professional licenses to nurses and also investigating and imposing discipline on nurses who violate the Ohio Nurse Practice Act. Often, a nurse first learns that a complaint has been filed against them with the Nursing Board when they … Continue reading You have a right to counsel when meeting with a Nursing Board investigator

Alcohol Prohibitions – Be Aware of the Things You Eat and Drink As Well As the Products You Use and the Medications You Take

In alcohol impairment cases before the Ohio Board Of Nursing resulting in Consent Agreements, the Alternative Program, Board Orders, or otherwise requiring nurses to undergo screening for alcohol, nurses are typically required (among other things) to abstain completely from the use of alcohol or any products containing alcohol. It is critically important to avoid beverages, … Continue reading Alcohol Prohibitions – Be Aware of the Things You Eat and Drink As Well As the Products You Use and the Medications You Take

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day October 26, 2013

Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10am-2pm is another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. For information on where to take unused and unwanted medications you may call 1-800-882-9539 or go to: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/ Before the previous take-back day in April 2013, I entered the following post: I regularly meet with and represent nurses before the Ohio Board … Continue reading National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day October 26, 2013

Taking medical “waste” for your own personal use is a felony

The Ohio Board of Nursing may discipline a nurse for a wide range of violations from falsification on an application, practicing outside of the scope of their license or chemical substance impairment that prevents the nurse from providing safe nursing care, just to name a few.  However, few violations are more egregious than taking medication from a patient … Continue reading Taking medical “waste” for your own personal use is a felony

Alternative Program for Chemically Dependent Nurses

In Ohio, nurses who suffer from drug or alcohol addiction or abuse should immediately seek treatment at an authorized chemical dependency treatment facility.  However, nurses are often concerned about voluntarily seeking treatment because they do not know what effect, if any, treatment will have on their nursing license. Fortunately, for Ohio nurses, the Ohio Board of Nursing has established the Alternative Program for … Continue reading Alternative Program for Chemically Dependent Nurses