Nursing is a tough profession. Many nurses deal with the trials of life and the horrors of death on a daily basis. While facing these types of events can be a daily occurrence, it doesn't make them any easier to deal with.
We’ve previously looked at how physicians are regulated in the state of Minnesota, and the role of the Board of Medicine in licensing, regulating, and disciplining physicians in this state. Just as the medical profession has a professional board to handle regulatory and disciplinary matters, so too does the profession of psychology. According to the Minnesota Board of Psychology, ensuring safe, competent and ethical provision of psychological services is its primary mission.
Physical therapists can do a lot of good -- they help people recover from a variety of injuries and assist others in getting their lives back on track.
As a medical professional, such as a doctor, there is nothing worse than the thought of losing your license.
Most people are familiar with the opportunity foreign physicians have to receive medical training in the United States, and the legal allowances made to allow immigrant physicians to begin practicing medicine in this country. These allowances are an important reason foreign physicians end up in rural or otherwise underserved communities.
Communication is important in any relationship, and the doctor-patient relationship is no different. When patients feel their physician is transparent with them and has their best interests at heart, the provision of health care typically goes more smoothly. Not only are health outcomes usually better, but patients are less likely to sue for medical malpractice in the event something does go wrong.
Last time, we looked briefly at the how the heavy emphasis state medical boards place on mental health and substance abuse history in the licensing of physicians may be prompting physicians with these struggles to keep quiet about them and avoid seeking help. We also mentioned that, in some cases, the way state medical boards treat these matters may be illegal under federal law.
Admission to the practice of medicine is a significant accomplishment, but there are a number of potential barriers that can get in the way, for certain physicians. One of these potential barriers is intrusive inquiry about mental health history and substance abuse. According to a recent study from the University of Michigan, many state medical boards inquire more deeply into these matters than physical health conditions, and this focus may be having negative effect on physicians.
There is no denying the fact that nurses play a large role in patient care. Without these medical professionals, it would be difficult for patients to receive the treatment and care they need to feel their best.
We’ve previously written on this blog about the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, a voluntary agreement aimed at making it easier for physicians to become licensed to practice in other states. The agreement is a response to the requirement that physicians apply for licensure separately in each state, which can be frustratingly time-consuming.