KS Nurses – Five Reasons Why Nurses Lose Their Licenses

There are wonderful nurses out there who have either had their nursing licenses suspended or revoked for a variety of reasons.  Some reasons may or may not be intentional.  For example, a nurse may believe he or she has the authority to initial or sign a physician’s name if that particular physician either asked the nurse to do so, or consented to this.  Regardless of a physician’s instructions, that nurse cannot lawfully write a physician’s name as if it is the physician him or herself signing the document.  This is just one reason why some nurses lose their licenses.  Additional reasons why Kansas nurses may lose their licenses include, but are not limited to, those described below.

Reason # 1 – Taking Samples of Prescription Medication

A Kansas nurse may believe it is harmless to take a drug sample without a doctor’s prescription.  In fact, some physicians may even be aware of this.  Even if a nurse is aware that he or she is unable to obtain prescriptions unlawfully, he or she may not believe it is unlawful if it is a sample and/or if a physician is giving it the okay.

Reason # 2 – Failing to Adhere to an Alcohol or Drug Treatment Program

If you have sought, and/or are currently seeking treatment as part of an alcohol or drug program, you likely have to fulfill certain requirements in order to keep your Kansas nursing license.  If you do not comply with the program, your Kansas nursing license could be at risk, and it may be difficult to get your license back in the future.

Reason # 3 – Altering Medical Records

Patient medical records are highly confidential and protected by HIPAA laws.  Altering medical records can significantly harm any medical professional’s license.  There are times when medical professionals may alter a medical record, but do so with the intention of correcting something grammatical or miniscule.  Even though this conduct seems relatively innocent, it still may be considered an alteration, which could put your Kansas nursing license at risk.

Reason # 4 – Criminal Conduct

If you are convicted of a crime, your license will undoubtedly be brought into question.  Depending on what the crime is, you may receive minimal punishment, such as a private or public reprimand, or your license may be suspended or revoked.

Reason # 5 – Medical Malpractice

Just like physicians, nurses may face allegations of medical malpractice.  If a patient alleges that he or she has been harmed due to something you did or did not do, your license may be at risk if a patient is ultimately successful.  Although lawsuits do not necessarily reach a fair result, mere accusations of negligence can shed you in a negative light, and the licensing board may review the situation to determine if you should be able to keep your Kansas nursing license.

Contact Danielle Sanger of the Sanger Law Office Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation

As a Kansas nurse, you have worked hard to earn the license that you have today.  Losing your Kansas nursing license can be a devastating experience, making you feel as though your world has come crashing down.  If you are facing the potential loss of your Kansas nursing license, it is imperative that you consult with a skilled legal professional as soon as you learn that your license may be at risk.  With the help of an attorney, you will have a better understanding of what you are facing and what the potential consequences are.  Kansas Professional License Defense Attorney Danielle Sanger of the Sanger Law Office has the experience and dedication necessary to provide you with the legal representation that you need and deserve.  As a former Assistant Attorney General of Kansas, Ms. Sanger provides a unique perspective to her clients that is not shared by many other attorneys.  If you would like to speak with Ms. Sanger about your situation, contact the Sanger Law Office today by calling (785) 979-4353 to schedule your free consultation.

How Online Veterinary Advice Could Put Your License at Risk

The internet provides a wealth of information for people seeking veterinary advice before going to a veterinarian in person.  Online forums and Q&As can be extremely helpful for answering those questions that many pet owners have.  However, online advice has opened the door to potential misconduct according to Kansas state law.  In Kansas, a veterinary-patient relationship requires that a veterinarian has personally seen and examined an animal.  Such a personal examination allows the veterinarian to make informed medical judgments specific to a particular animal.  This makes it risky for veterinarians to provide any kind of advice online, no matter how simple the advice may be.

What’s at Risk?

Online veterinary advice has been extremely helpful for many pet owners.  But, if a particular pet owner is not happy with a veterinarian’s online advice, or if the pet owner relied on that veterinarian’s advice completely, the veterinarian is at risk for being accused of negligence.  For example, if a pet’s condition worsens or the pet passes away after a pet owner adheres to the veterinarian’s online advice, that pet owner may blame the veterinarian for harm caused to the pet.  This is not something many veterinarians consider when posting information online.  Some veterinarians do have disclaimers that attempt to absolve them of any liability, but it is still a slippery slope that should be avoided.

If a pet owner complains to the Kansas Board of Veterinary Examiners, the situation will be evaluated and you could be facing some form of disciplinary action, including the potential loss of your license.  While Kansas veterinarians should be aware that they need to see a pet in person before making a medical diagnosis and providing advice, it is understandable that some veterinarians believe basic online advice is acceptable.  Technology has simply moved too fast, and it is difficult to keep up with the changing laws, rules and regulations governing your profession.

Why You Should Speak with an Attorney Right Away

No matter what your profession is in Kansas, facing the loss of a license or certificate could mean one’s career is over.  This is a substantial road block that may lead a Kansas professional to start over.  While there are situations where the loss of one’s license is unavoidable, there are numerous instances where a Kansas professional should be able to keep his or her license or certificate.  Even if your Kansas veterinary is not at risk, speaking with an attorney to simply get questions answered could prevent you from losing your license in the future.

Contact Danielle Sanger of the Sanger Law Office Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation

If you are a Kansas veterinary professional and you are facing the loss of your Kansas veterinary license, you undoubtedly have many questions and concerns about what your future holds.  You may have feelings of uncertainty and a significant amount of stress looming over your head.  Facing the loss of your Kansas veterinary license alone can be tricky as you may not be aware of what rights you have.  As such, when facing potential disciplinary action that could result in the loss of your license, you should consider speaking with a Kansas Professional License Defense Attorney as soon as possible.  As a former Assistant Attorney General of Kansas, Danielle Sanger of the Sanger Law Office provides excellent and well-rounded legal representation to Kansas professionals.  You need a true advocate standing by your side to demonstrate why you should be able to keep your Kansas veterinary license.  If you would like to speak with Danielle Sanger, contact the Sanger Law Office today by calling (785) 979-4353 to schedule your free consultation.

KS EMTs – How That Nagging Cold Could Affect Your Certification

EMTs get sick just like any other person.  There may be a time when an EMT needs to take medication in order to get through a cold or flu.  It isn’t always possible to take off work if you are an EMT.  Obviously, if an EMT is extremely ill and unable to work, that EMT would be staying home.  However, if an EMT has a cold or mild flu and is still able to function both mentally and physically, he or she may have to fight the cold with the help of medication, whether it be prescription or over-the-counter.  What many Kansas EMTs don’t know is that taking medication to treat a cold or flu could be considered a form of drug use that impairs your ability to work.

While there are a multitude of medications that do in fact cause mental and/or physical impairment, there are many medications that do not result in such side effects.  For example, taking Tylenol or Advil to treat a headache does not typically have impairing effects.  Likewise, daytime cold medication such as DayQuil is not known to cause impairing side effects in most people.  However, even though particular medications are not known to have impairing effects, your EMT certification board may believe such medication limits your ability to perform your job effectively.

What Are My Options?

We all get colds once and awhile, and many of us are able to work through such colds.  EMTs are in a unique situation where they are expected to be 100% at all times.  Fighting a cold or flu without medication can be extremely difficult, but many EMTs now feel it is not worth the risk of taking even Tylenol for a headache.  While most certification boards are likely to understand that a small amount of a known medication is not going to result in impairment, the mere risk is enough to scare EMTs away from treating the common cold or flu.

The best thing you can do to determine what you are allowed and not allowed to take as an EMT, you should consult with your certification board, whether statewide or national.  It is not worth the risk of losing your license simply because you wanted to treat a cold that any of us could experience on any given day.  Colds and flus can certainly bring your energy down, but for those that can still function at full capacity, although while not feeling well, working with the cold is not an impossible task.  In addition to seeking the advice of your EMT certification board, consulting with a legal professional can offer you the guidance you need.

Contact Danielle Sanger of the Sanger Law Office Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation

If you are a Kansas EMT and your certificate is at risk for one reason or another, you should seek the advice of an attorney as soon as possible.  Many EMTs face allegations that are defensible, and are able to keep their certificates.  However, facing the loss of your EMT certificate alone leaves you at risk for reaching a result that will be harmful to your certificate, whether it is suspended, revoked, or otherwise.  As a former Assistant Attorney General of Kansas, Danielle Sanger of the Sanger Law Office is a Kansas Professional License Defense Attorney who devotes her legal career to helping Kansas professionals keep their licenses and certificates. Allegations are simply allegations, but it is understandable that such allegations create an unnecessary amount of stress.  With the help of Ms. Sanger, you will be able to demonstrate why you should not lose your EMT certification.  If you would like to discuss your situation with Ms. Sanger, contact the Sanger Law Office today by calling (785) 979-4353 to schedule your free consultation.

KS Physicians – Ensuring Patients Understand the Scope of Medical Care

There are wonderful nurses out there who have either had their nursing licenses suspended or revoked for a variety of reasons.  Some reasons may or may not be intentional.  For example, a nurse may believe he or she has the authority to initial or sign a physician’s name if that particular physician either asked the nurse to do so, or consented to this.  Regardless of a physician’s instructions, that nurse cannot lawfully write a physician’s name as if it is the physician him or herself signing the document.  This is just one reason why some nurses lose their licenses.  Additional reasons why Kansas nurses may lose their licenses include, but are not limited to, those described below.

Reason # 1 – Taking Samples of Prescription Medication

A Kansas nurse may believe it is harmless to take a drug sample without a doctor’s prescription.  In fact, some physicians may even be aware of this.  Even if a nurse is aware that he or she is unable to obtain prescriptions unlawfully, he or she may not believe it is unlawful if it is a sample and/or if a physician is giving it the okay.

Reason # 2 – Failing to Adhere to an Alcohol or Drug Treatment Program

If you have sought, and/or are currently seeking treatment as part of an alcohol or drug program, you likely have to fulfill certain requirements in order to keep your Kansas nursing license.  If you do not comply with the program, your Kansas nursing license could be at risk, and it may be difficult to get your license back in the future.

Reason # 3 – Altering Medical Records

Patient medical records are highly confidential and protected by HIPAA laws.  Altering medical records can significantly harm any medical professional’s license.  There are times when medical professionals may alter a medical record, but do so with the intention of correcting something grammatical or miniscule.  Even though this conduct seems relatively innocent, it still may be considered an alteration, which could put your Kansas nursing license at risk.

Reason # 4 – Criminal Conduct

If you are convicted of a crime, your license will undoubtedly be brought into question.  Depending on what the crime is, you may receive minimal punishment, such as a private or public reprimand, or your license may be suspended or revoked.

Reason # 5 – Medical Malpractice

Just like physicians, nurses may face allegations of medical malpractice.  If a patient alleges that he or she has been harmed due to something you did or did not do, your license may be at risk if a patient is ultimately successful.  Although lawsuits do not necessarily reach a fair result, mere accusations of negligence can shed you in a negative light, and the licensing board may review the situation to determine if you should be able to keep your Kansas nursing license.

Contact Danielle Sanger of the Sanger Law Office Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation

As a Kansas nurse, you have worked hard to earn the license that you have today.  Losing your Kansas nursing license can be a devastating experience, making you feel as though your world has come crashing down.  If you are facing the potential loss of your Kansas nursing license, it is imperative that you consult with a skilled legal professional as soon as you learn that your license may be at risk.  With the help of an attorney, you will have a better understanding of what you are facing and what the potential consequences are.  Kansas Professional License Defense Attorney Danielle Sanger of the Sanger Law Office has the experience and dedication necessary to provide you with the legal representation that you need and deserve.  As a former Assistant Attorney General of Kansas, Ms. Sanger provides a unique perspective to her clients that is not shared by many other attorneys.  If you would like to speak with Ms. Sanger about your situation, contact the Sanger Law Office today by calling (785) 979-4353 to schedule your free consultation.