Nurses are a vital part of the healthcare community. Whether you're employed by a hospital, private practice, clinic or other healthcare organization, your main focus is making sure patients receive the best care possible. Along with caring for patients you may also be tasked with administrative duties as well as assisting doctors' needs.
In our previous post, we began looking at a recent report which emphasized the failure of state medical boards to adequately address physician sexual abuse of patients. As we noted last time, statistics of physician abuse of patients and states’ handling of such situations are one thing, but evaluating the circumstances of an individual physician’s case are another.
Physicians, despite their contributions to the health of thousands of patients over the course of their careers, are fallible people who make mistakes. Not only are there personality quirks to speak of among physicians, but also sometimes lack of good judgment and, on occasion, poor character. As with any population of individuals, there is going to be a certain subset of the population which engages in wrongful, or even criminal, conduct.
In our previous post, we began looking at the topic of opioid painkiller overprescription and some of the prescription recommendations released by the CDC earlier this year. As we noted last time, physicians need to be aware of the guidelines concerning painkiller prescription and to make sure they are exercising sound professional judgment in their use of these drugs. Failure to do so can put a physician’s license at risk.
Narcotics abuse and over-prescription has become an important issue in the United States in recent years as high profile individuals have been affected by the problem, which continues to grow across the population. Law enforcement, federal regulators and professional boards are all looking to the address the problem and prevent it from becoming worse.
We’ve been looking in recent posts at the issue of mental disability among professionals and the need for professionals to protect their rights when their career is put at risk because of mental disability. The case we’ve been looking at involves a physician who was allegedly terminated because of behaviors related to a mental disability.
We’ve been looking in recent posts at the regulation of midwives in Minnesota. Last time, we briefly looked at some of the regulations that apply to licensed traditional midwives under state law. As we noted, certified nurse midwives are regulated by the Board of Nursing rather than the Board of Medical Practice, so a different set of rules apply to them in Minnesota.
In our last post, we began looking at the regulation of the midwife profession. As we noted, Minnesota actually has a rather lax approach to regulating midwifery. Licensing is voluntary for traditional midwives, which means a midwife can practice without licensing. This doesn’t mean that there is no regulation of unlicensed midwives, but that the regulation is fairly minimal.
For any expecting mother, planning for labor and delivery is important not only to calm anxieties about the birth process but also to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible with the medical professionals who will be assisting her. Most women, of course, choose to deliver in hospital settings, but there is a small percentage that chooses to deliver at home with the help of a midwife.
In a previous post, we began looking at Minnesota tenure law and the protections it does—and does not—offer teachers in this state. As we noted last time, tenure does provide educators with due process, but it does not bar the possibility of termination when a school district has adequate grounds for termination.