Use of Social Media by Nurses in Ohio

The Ohio Board of Nursing’s (“OBN”) Fall 2018 edition of Momentum Magazine includes an interesting article concerning the use by nurses of social media.  The article addresses the American Nurses Association’s (“ANA”) Principles for Social Networking and the Nurse.

What is a Nursing Board Consent Agreement?

Under the Ohio Nurse Practice Act, R.C. 4723.28, the Nursing Board can deny, revoke, suspend, reprimand, impose a fine or place limitations on a nursing license. To take disciplinary action against a nurse, the Nursing Board first must  charge the nurse with violating some provision of the Ohio Nurse Practice Act. Notice is usually provided to … Continue reading What is a Nursing Board Consent Agreement?

How to request a hearing with the Ohio Board of Nursing

On November 20-22, 2013, the Ohio Board of Nursing met for its bi-monthly meeting. At that meeting, the Board voted to issue Notices of Opportunity for Hearing to over 80 nurses in Ohio.  The Notices either proposed to take a disciplinary action against a nurse for an alleged violation or Automatically or Immediately suspended certain … Continue reading How to request a hearing with the Ohio Board of Nursing

Nursing Board disciplinary actions are public and posted on the Board’s website

I am often asked by nurses, if a disciplinary action taken by the Nursing Board against their license will be available to the public. The answer is Yes.  Under the Ohio Public Records law, R.C. 149.43, any official action taken by a governmental agency is a public record. http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/149.43 What does this mean? Prior to the internet, to … Continue reading Nursing Board disciplinary actions are public and posted on the Board’s website

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