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Kansas Professionals: Learn to Manage Anger or Risk Losing Your License

The phrase “going postal” has come to mean an individual’s loss of workplace control. Although most professionals are lucky that such extreme expressions of anger are rare, most have had the experience of knowing an angry co-worker or superior. Although anger is a normal human emotion, the expression of this emotion can have a devastating effect on a professional’s career and can even result in the loss of professional’s license. Unfortunately, professionals often do not become aware that they have a problem controlling anger until they have received notice of a complaint from their respective licensing board.

Anger has many degrees from mild—a mere annoyance, to strong—a full blown rage. It is also important to recognize that two people who have problems controlling anger may show anger in completely different manners. One may be a typical “hot head” while another may engage in more passive-aggressive behaviors and seek to undermine those around him or her. Either way, a licensee’s inability to control his or her anger can have numerous unintended consequences at the work place, including but not limited to:

  • Not being invited to participate in meetings or special projects
  • Loss of respect from colleagues
  • Increased turnover of employees
  • Decreased opportunities for advancement
  • Being avoided or not listened to by co-workers/staff
  • Making avoidable mistakes or judgment errors
  • Unhappy customers or patients

The first step in dealing with anger issues is to learn to determine the true cause of the anger. Although this may seem fairly straight-forward, many angry licensees do not know why they are experiencing anger. Frustrations that at first glance may seem work-related may not have anything to do with work. For example, anger related to personal and/or financial problems can unexpectedly surface at work. Divorce or the unexpected loss of a loved one are events that can often spill over into one’s professional life. For some, just learning the cause of the anger can make the anger easier to manage.

Once you are aware of the cause of anger, the next step is to learn how to manage those feelings. A healthy way to express anger is to do so in an assertive, but non-aggressive manner. Learning how to express your feelings and needs in a way that is respectful of yourself and others is not only a skill that is necessary in the workplace but will also serve a licensee in all aspects of career and life. If you believe you have problems controlling your anger and believe that anger is affecting your career, it is wise to speak with a counselor.

If you received notice from your licensing board that a complaint has been filed against you, contact the Sanger Law Office. At the Sanger Law Office, we will take the time to listen to you and determine the best strategy to protect your livelihood and your reputation. Do not delay contacting the Sanger Law today today at 785-979-4353 to schedule your free and completely confidential consultation.

Kansas Social Workers: Seven Mistakes That Could You Your License

If you ask a licensee why he or she decided to become a social worker, the most common reply is often the desire to help others. Social workers, by their very nature, are caring individuals who have spent countless hours between their education and training to be able to help clients grow and improve their life situations. However, one misstep can not only land a licensee in hot water with the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board but can also subject a license to possible criminal charges. The following are some of the most common “sin”s licensees commit:

  1. Failure to Complete Renewal/Application Requirements: A simple way to avoid problems with the Board is to make sure that you have met all requirements for renewing and maintaining your license. This includes paying all fees and completing all required continuing education classes.
  2. Practicing without a License: A licensee who fails to renew his or her license on a timely basis risks having the license expire. A licensee who continues to engage in the profession on an expired license risks discipline for practicing without a license.
  3. Fraud in Obtaining License: A social worker is a position that is based on trust and integrity. Misrepresenting information on an application for licensure or using fraud or bribery to obtain a license is grounds for discipline. If you are in the process of applying for a license and unsure if you need to disclose sensitive information, make an appointment to speak with a professional license defense attorney.
  4. Sharing Client Confidences: Revealing a client’s secrets or any information that the client shared with you violates a social worker’s professional ethics and can expose you up to disciplinary actions by the Board. Licensees also need to be aware of their obligations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.
  5. Improper Physical Contact with a Client: Social workers, like other therapists and health care workers, share close contacts with clients. Licensees who engage in physical intimacies with a client or make sexual advances towards a client, not only blur the lines of professional integrity but also place their license in serious jeopardy.
  6. Improper Treatment of a Client: Maltreatment of a client, student or subordinate by a licensee is considered unprofessional conduct. A license is prohibited from discriminating against a client on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, disability, or national origin.
  7. Conviction of a Felony: A licensee who receives a felony conviction is at serious risk of having his or her license suspended or revoked. It is important to make note that in Kansas, a third DUI conviction is considered a felony if the second conviction occurred within the previous 10 years.

If you are a licensed social worker who has received notice of an investigation by the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board, you need an experienced license defense attorney on your side. The Sanger Law Office focuses its practice on defending professionals whose licenses have come under attack. Attorney Danielle Sanger understands that disciplinary matters can affect a licensee’s livelihood and reputation and will thusly make it her priority to bring your matter to a quick resolution.  We invite you to call us today 785-979-4353 to schedule your free and completely confidential consultation.

Kansas Emergency Medical Attendants: 7 Deadly Sins

Attendants are the first medical providers on the scene of any major accident or emergency. Whether you are a first responder or an emergency medical technician, you are a highly trusted member of the community; the public relies on emergency medical attendants to provide critical care services without the benefit of hospital resources. Unlike the patient’s family physician, attendants come into a patient’s life as strangers and often leave as heroes. Most attendants consequently experience a high level of job satisfaction.  In order to continue to be able to enjoy your career it is important to keep one’s license in good standing. With this in mind, it is important avoid problems with the Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services.  As such, consider the following career threatening mistakes:

  1. Violating Patient Confidentiality:  It is normal to want to share the events of your work day with friends or loved ones.  However, an attendant needs to be extremely careful that in relaying these stories the attendant is not sharing too much information.  Patients in this line of work may be fleeting, but they are entitled to the same degree of confidentiality from an attendant, as the patient would receive from a nurse or a doctor in a hospital setting.  Failing to take necessary actions to safeguard patient information can land an attendant in hot water with the Board.
  1. Performing Activities Beyond Certification:  Attendants encounter patients in a variety of life threatening situations.  Although it may be tempting to try to do more than what the attendant is qualified to do, it is important for any attendant to know and understand professional limitations.
  1. Misleading or False Statements:  The simplest way to avoid problems with the Board is to make sure that the information provided to the Board is accurate. Lying or misrepresenting facts on an application or certification renewal form is clearly an invitation for trouble.
  1. Failure to Meet Renewal Requirements: Make sure that your renewal form is completed in a timely manner, including the payment of all fees and the completion of all continuing education credits.
  1. Drugs Addiction and Diversion:  Diverting drugs from a patient is not only cause for discipline or loss of one’s license, it is also a crime. Drug use can interfere with the attendant’s skills and judgment. Attendants who are suffering from drug addiction need to seek qualified help or risk losing their career.
  1. Patient Abuse: Patients deserve the highest standard of care from the medical community. Attendants who physically, emotionally or sexually abuse a patient are subject to disciplinary action by the Board.
  1. Conviction of a Felony: Trustworthiness is the cornerstone of any attendant. An attendant who is convicted of a felony will typically not be allowed to continue until after a Board’s investigation determines that the individual has been rehabilitated to a level that again warrants the public’s trust.

If you have received notice of disciplinary action by the Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services, contact the Sanger Law Office at 785-979-4353 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation. Do not trust your professional license to just any attorney. Trust the professional license defense attorneys at the Sanger Law Office to provide you with exception legal services.

Kansas Nursing Professionals: Tips for Recovering from Disciplinary Action

Receiving notice from the Kansas Board of Nursing that you are being disciplined for violations of the Nursing Practices can be absolutely devastating. However, it is important to realize that many other nursing professionals have been disciplined and have gone on to have wonderful careers. Here are a few tips to ensure post-disciplinary success:

  • Complete conditions of disciplinary action: Before leaving your attorney’s office, make sure that you understand the terms of your discipline.  This includes any conditions that you are required to compete and the time frame for completing each task.  Do not put off completing these tasks!  The sooner you are able to complete the tasks, the better you will feel. The Board will not look favorably upon a licensee who does not complete conditions on time.
  • Keep quiet at work:  In some cases it may be tempting to want to share your experiences with a co-worker. However, in most instances it is better if you keep to yourself.  If you feel like you need to discuss the matter with a fellow nursing professional, speak with a supervisor or someone who does not work at the same facility.
  • Do not hold a grudge:  It is completely natural to have mixed feelings after the disciplinary proceedings. However, the key to recovering quickly is to not dwell on the past events. Harboring ill feelings towards the proceedings or the patient who made the complaint will not help you recover. It is important to forgive yourself. Continuing to beat yourself up about the cause of the discipline will not make you a better nurse. Rather, keeping such feeling may do just the opposite.
  • Recommit yourself to the profession:  Do not let the disciplinary process take away your passion for nursing. Make the decision to recommit yourself to the profession. Take the steps necessary to improve and build upon your skill set. A great leader takes experiences, both good and bad, as opportunities to learn and grow.
  • Regain your confidence:  When recovering from disciplinary action it is normal to feel cautious so as to avoid making mistakes. However, more mistakes are made when confidence is low than when it is high. It is important for nurses to trust his or her instincts and training. However, if a certain area has you feeling particularly anxious, it is a good idea to find a certified nursing education class on the subject.
  • Communication is key: Many disciplinary complaints are the result of poor communication. Make sure that your conversations with patients are professional and polite.

You worked hard to obtain and maintain your nursing license.  Do not let one error cost you your license. If you have received notice of a complaint by the Kansas Board of Nursing, contact the Sanger Law Office at 785-979-4353 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation. You can trust the Sanger Law Office to provide with exceptional legal services.

Kansas Medical Professionals: Cope with Stress or Risk Losing your License

Stress, some would argue, is just part of the job for most medical professionals. Whether you are a doctor, nurse or therapist, you undoubtedly are under a considerable amount of stress not only at work, but also in your personal life. As such, medical professionals need to learn how to recognize and cope with stress—much like they have learned to deal with difficult patients and coworkers. Failing to deal effectively with stress can lead to a multitude of problems and ultimately put a professional’s license at risk by interfering with the quality of care that their patients deserve. This can ultimately lead to patient complaints and a litany of other problems.  With this in mind, there are a number of tips you should consider in managing your stress levels:

  • Identify the source: If you feel stressed out, try to take a minute to determine what is causing the stress. Is the tension you are feeling related to a work-related event, such as a trying patient, or do you just feel more stressed because of something going on in your personal life? Medical professionals are “real” people too and have personal problems that can sometimes inconspicuously spill over into work. Once you identify the source of stress, you can take appropriate actions to address the issue.
  • Take a break: Sometimes a small break from a stressful situation can make a big difference. Briefly removing yourself from the situation can often bring you clarity and allow you to regain your composure. Recognizing that you are stressed and allowing yourself to determine an appropriate response is key. Stress in the workplace may seem inevitable, but remember, you can take control of how you handle it so your patients do not suffer as a result.
  • Be on the lookout: Stress does not look the same on all people. In one person, stress may resemble anxiety while in another it may manifest itself as anger. Unmanaged stress can also lead to depression, job-related burn-out and abuse of alcohol and other drugs. Once you are aware of how you deal with stress, the better you can cope. 
  • Determine a way to cope with stress: The good news is that there are many ways to cope with stress. From exercise to meditation to engaging in an activity that you thoroughly enjoy, the key is to find something that works for you. If you are not finding relief from stress after trying a few different approaches, it may be a good idea to seek the advice of a professional. Therapists and counselors can help you gain insight into the source of your stress and how to successfully manage it.

If you are medical professional who is being reviewed by the Kansas Board of the Healing Arts or Board of Nursing, the Sanger Law Office can help. I invite you to call the Sanger Law Office at 785-979-4353 for a free and completely confidential consultation. As a medical professional your license is not just your career it is your livelihood. You can rely on Danielle Sanger and the Sanger Law Offices to investigate the charges being brought against you and defend your professional license and protect your reputation.


Mandated Reporting: One Kansas Teacher’s Tragic Misstep

Teachers arguably have one of the most important jobs in the country—they educate our nation’s children. Although teaching can be rewarding, it can also be quite challenging. We rely on teachers to serve as mentors to and carefully watch over and guide students. However, Kansas teachers are more than just educators, they are also “mandated reporters”.  As such, teachers are required by Kansas law to report any suspected abuse of a child. Failing to do so could result in the loss of a teaching license. Recently, one Kansas teacher learned this lesson the hard way—by losing her teaching license and her career, despite the fact that she was a 17 year teaching veteran. This event should serve as a reminder to all teachers that vigilance is necessary to protect a teaching license.

In April 2012, a Wichita elementary school teacher surrendered her teaching license to the Kansas State Board of Education. The teacher was accused of not promptly reporting an incident of suspected child abuse. By a 6-2 vote, the Kansas Board accepted the teacher’s surrender and revoked her teaching license. However, there was quite a bit of public controversy surrounding the Board’s decision.

A local newspaper wrote that the teacher did in fact report her suspicions of abuse to the principal and a social worker at her school, but made the report more than a week later due to a technical problem with her computer. One Board member who voted against revoking the teacher’s license commented that he thought that the Board’s decision was “an absolute atrocity”.  He was not the only one to speak out against the Board’s decision. Several former teachers indicated that the decision to make a report is never clear-cut. Specifically, they pointed out that teachers are often afraid to make a report, fearing that if they are incorrect, things will become worse for the child.

Accordingly, Kansas law provides that if a mandated reporter has a reason to suspect that a child has been or is currently being harmed as the result of physical, mental, emotional or sexual abuse, he or she must “promptly” make a report to the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.

Although all teachers in the state of Kansas are deemed mandated reporters, each school district may have their own unique policies with regard to reporting.  For instance, in Wichita, the school district’s policy provides that teachers are required to report suspicions of abuse to state officials on the same day the suspicion first arises.

In light of the above, teachers as well as other mandated reporters not only risk their professional license if they do not comply with the aforesaid reporting duties, but could also face criminal penalties. In Kansas, a mandated reporter’s willful and knowing failure to report suspected child abuse is a Class B misdemeanor and could result in fines up to $1,000 or up to 6 months in jail.

If you are a teacher facing an investigation by the Kansas Education Board you need an experienced attorney on your side. I invite you to contact the Sanger Law Office at 785-979-4353 for a free and completely confidential consultation. Trust the seasoned professionals at the Sanger Law Office to protect your teaching license and your livelihood.

Five Ways to Jeopardize your Kansas Nursing License

Everybody makes mistakes. However, some mistakes can have dire consequences. Today, nurses are under greater scrutiny than ever before. One serious misstep may not only lead to disciplinary action; it could also jeopardize a nurse’s license. The following are some of the more serious violations that could cost a nurse his or her license:

  1. Failure to Keep Accurate Patient Records: An important task for all nurses is to update and maintain patient records. An accurate patient chart is essential in order for a patient to receive proper care. A nurse that fails to record an extra dose of pain medication is not only putting her license at risk, but is also endangering the patient’s safety and well-being.
  2. Negligent Patient Care: Nursing is a serious profession where a nurse’s action or inaction can directly impact a patient’s care. Having a chaotic night or being assigned too many patients is not an excuse for improper patient care. Forgetting to give a patient the required medication can not only land a nurse in hot water with a supervisor, but, could also seriously harm the health of a patient. Nursing boards are established in part to protect the general population.  In fact, boards take allegations of abuse and neglect very seriously.
  3. Failure to Maintain Patient Confidentiality: Nurses not only need to know and understand HIPAA, they also must understand its application in the workplace. More than a few nurses have landed themselves in trouble after using Facebook and other social media sites as a medium to vent about difficult patients.
  4. Drug Abuse: Many licensing boards require a nurse who has a substance abuse problem to seek treatment. Failure to successfully complete a substance abuse program, could result in disciplinary action and ultimately the loss of license. Most states have programs especially designed for nurses with substance abuse problems. If you have a problem, get help.
  5. Diverting Drugs from Patients: A nurse who diverts drugs from patients is not only jeopardizing his or her license, but may also face criminal charges. This dangerous mistake can start off as innocuously as a nurse who pockets a few pain pills to treat her own aching back. From there it may progress to providing medications to family members or selling pills to a friend who is without medical insurance. Taking drugs from patients is a very serious offense. Tell friends and family members to look elsewhere.  Do not put your license at risk.

If you are facing an administrative board due to an allegation of improper conduct, you need an effective nursing license defense attorney to represent you. Contact the Sanger Law Offices at 785-979-4353 for a free and completely confidential consultation. You can count on our team of professionals to aggressively defend you before the Kansas Board of Nursing.

Kansas Chiropractors & How to Protect Your License

As a licensed Kansas chiropractor, you want to spend your time providing your patients with the best care available. However, as a medical professional, this means you must delegate a portion of your time to protecting yourself and your practice from claims that could jeopardize your career and your license.  Avoiding claims does not need to be an all-consuming task. Here are seven common mistakes you need be aware of, so that you can continue spending time with patients instead of defending your chiropractic license from the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts:


  1. Keeping Inadequate Records: Like many professionals, chiropractors need to keep detailed patient records. When taking notes, chiropractors need to keep in mind that the information they include in a patient’s record can be just as important as the information they choose not to include.  For example, if a chiropractor includes that a certain procedure was done to the patient, in lieu of a more common procedure that was not done, it may be beneficial to include the reasoning behind his or her decision.
  2. Poor Patient Communication: Not enough can be said about the benefits of having happy patients. Happy patients can not only refer you to other patients, but they are also less likely to pursue claims against you. Make sure that you are spending ample time with each patient, answering any questions and explaining your reasoning for the prescribed course of treatment. If you have any doubt as to whether a patient understands the risks of a procedure, it may be a good idea to have them sign an informed consent form.
  3. Improper Management of Staff: Many chiropractors practice in small office type environments. Unlike medical professionals that work in hospitals and other large facilities, chiropractors are not only responsible for patient care but also management of their staff. Make certain that your staff is well trained and knows how to maintain professional boundaries with patients.
  4. Failing to Stay Current in the Profession: It is important for all chiropractors to stay up to date on the relevant law in addition to current treatments. Kansas, like most states, requires chiropractors to complete continuing education for license renewal. Failing to meet the requisite number of continuing education hours can be cause for disciplinary actions by the Board
  5. Not Knowing When to Say “NO”:  Certain patients are easier to work with than others. That is not to say that all difficult patients should be avoided, but if you feel that a patient has unreal expectations for treatment that cannot be managed, it may be time to end the patient relationship. The same is true if a patient’s required course of treatment is outside your current professional experience. Knowing when to turn away a patient can cost you much less in the long run.
  6. Failing to Meet Professional Requirements: Verify that your contact information and other pertinent information is up-to-date with your state’s licensing board. Failing to maintain this information is an easy way to invite licensing problems.
  7. Not having adequate malpractice insurance: You would not go without home owners insurance on your residence or automobile insurance on your vehicle. The same is true about medical malpractice insurance. Be sure to talk with a professional to make sure that you are adequately covered in case of a claim.

If you are facing disciplinary proceedings or are the subject of an initial investigation before the Board of Healing Arts, contact the Sanger Law Office today at 785-979-4353 for a free confidential consultation. At the Sanger Law Office we understand that your professional license is not just what you do, it is who you are, and that your livelihood depends on it. Trust our team of experienced professionals to aggressively defend your license.