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Be honest if you make an error to prevent a lawsuit

A dentist is bound to make mistakes at one time or another. Dentists are human, just as all doctors are. However, a mistake can place a patient in pain or mean that they are required to return for additional treatments.

As a dentist, it is your responsibility to take care of your patients and do what is best for them. If you have a patient who is upset about the work you've done, it is important to review that work and make sure that there are no errors on your part. Serious errors could result in pain or the loss of bone in a patient's mouth among other issues.

How to protect a nursing license in the midst of a complaint

It is extremely difficult to get any kind of medical license reinstated after the state board has revoked it. That said, it is certainly possible, as evidenced by Dr. Johnny Delashaw recently having his license reinstated after the board revoked it in 2017. 

However, a simpler way to retain a license other than reinstatement is to avoid losing a license in the first place. Nurses frequently receive complaints, and the actions they take until their hearings can greatly affect the outcome. Here are some steps all nurses should take the moment they receive a complaint from the board: 

Witness testimonies could help you save your license

Nurses are only human and there is no way anyone can expect that every nurse understands every single thing there is about medicine. People make mistakes, and the same is true about doctors and nurses.

There is a difference, however, between mistakes and obvious negligence. In the case that a nurse makes a mistake, apologizes for it and take steps to make sure it doesn't happen again, most people would agree that they deserve to continue working in the medical field.However, there are some people who would threaten a nurse's license for errors, even if those errors were not life-threatening for a patient.

Gynecologist accused of abuse defends his actions

There are many reasons why someone might have their professional license threatened, and accusations of abusing patients is one of them. One career where there are frequent allegations of abuse is the field of gynecology. Obstetricians and gynecologists have to approach patients about sensitive sexual health matters and perform intimate examinations. This can sometimes lead to allegations that not all doctors deserve.

Of course, with any kind of reproductive health exam, there is touching, and tools may be used to examine patients internally. An accusation of foul play and abuse isn't necessarily true, although all must be investigated.

A strong defense could help protect your nursing license

Your nursing license is the key to your career. If it's suspended or revoked, you could find yourself in a position where you can't work or maintain the career you see yourself in. Nursing licenses, much like other professional licenses, could be put at risk if you violate the law.

If you have a DUI, aggravated assault or other charges, the medical board in the state may step in and question if you're the kind of person who should be treating patients. You could have your license taken by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Can a DUI prevent you from getting a pharmacy license?

As a college graduate now pursuing a PharmD degree in California, your life likely revolves around your classes and your studies. You probably find very little time to devote to social occasions with your friends and family. What few times you treat yourself to a night out, you may have the tendency to overindulge in alcohol since you have so few occasions to kick back and relax. Nevertheless, before making the decision to drink and drive, consider the fact that a DUI conviction could preclude your possibility of getting the pharmacy license that you have worked so hard to obtain.

Be aware that when it comes time to apply for your license, you must report any and all misdemeanor and felony convictions you received, regardless of how long ago you received them. The only exception is any juvenile court convictions you received.

Inappropriate conduct complaint filed against a California doctor

What happens when a doctor with a sterling career suddenly becomes the target of a medical board complaint? Many professional license defense attorneys hear this question on an all-too-regular basis. As a way to highlight the fallout of complaints like this one, you might want to look at recent inappropriate conduct allegations made against a doctor in Fresno.

Earlier this month, two female technicians accused a physician specializing in urology of sexual harassment and unprofessional conduct. The two women say that this unwanted behavior occurred on "more than a dozen" occasions. This misconduct allegedly happened during prostate ultrasound examinations, which take place in a darkened room where the patient cannot see what is happening.

A look at the new California license alert app from a legal view

Have you heard about California's new license alert app for patients? Released by the state medical board, this app is designed to alert the public about any changes to a medical provider's license to practice. This includes minor changes such as a name or address change, but it also alerts patients if a medical professional has been disciplined or targeted in a complaint.

As professional license defense attorneys, we realize that this app has the potential to cause licensed professionals at least a few problems. As we all know, technology can be a strong motivator when it comes to the important health care decisions people make every day. For example, patients receiving an alert from the app might perceive it as a warning about their doctor and choose to discontinue contact.

Attorney tips for a successful nursing license defense

Starting on the day you learn that a complaint has been filed against you with the California nursing board, you will probably think of little else than protecting your career. Complaints are a serious source of anxiety and stress for all professionals but succumbing to fear over the complaint can affect your personal and professional life.

We know how upsetting a complaint can be because we have worked with many nurses in the Sacramento area. A successful nursing license defense is never guaranteed, but the things you do or say following a complaint can either worsen or improve your situation. We offer all nurses the following tips to help them emerge from a board investigation with the best chance of keeping hard-earned nursing licenses safe.

How miscommunication can threaten licensed professionals

Things sure have changed from the days in which licensed professionals provided their services in ways that were more personal than today. Physicians no longer make house calls and other licensed professionals (real estate agents, dentists and pharmacists to name a few) provide their services under less intimate circumstances than they did in bygone days.

We live in an extremely fast-paced world that has had an impact on the nature of relationships between California residents and professionals. In some ways, this is a great thing as it enables those in need of services to receive a focused response from their doctors, their lawyers and other license holders. Unfortunately, the changes in these relationships have their downsides as well.

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