A nurse is fighting back after hospital executives claim she attempted to help a patient with mental issues escape from the hospital. Based on this claim, the hospital fired the nurse. The nurse states the situation was exaggerated and used to justify her firing. In reality, she states the firing is a wrongful termination in retaliation for her attempts to fight for better nursing coverage within the hospital.
The public holds certain professions to a higher standard than others. As a result, the public often supports laws and regulations that hold these individuals accountable, often through the use of a licensing board. One example: those who choose the nursing profession. Licensing boards throughout the country expect nurses to spend countless hours of learning before they can apply for a nursing license.
The nursing profession is one that takes years of education and potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loans. Those who pursue this profession likely do so to answer the call to help people. In addition to this desire to make a difference, those who enter nursing are likely depending on a profession that will last many years. As a result, notification that your license may be under review by the licensing board can cause concern.
The New York State Nurses Association recently settled a contract dispute with the New York City Hospital Alliance. Three of the largest local private hospital systems are part of the Alliance: Montefiore, Mount Sinai and New York Presbyterian.
Nurses are part of a skilled workforce. This workforce provides valuable medical care to patients at hospitals, medical centers, nursing homes and other health care facilities. Those who choose to enter this profession must pass a nursing program—a program that can come with great expense.
Filling out an application for a nursing license can be a long and taxing process. These licenses are generally state specific, meaning nurses likely need to complete different applications whenever they relocate to a different state.
Those who earn a nursing degree put in serious study and dedication. In addition to the demands directly tied to the license, there is a tangential cost. These individuals may have to take away time from family and friends as well as put in the financial investment that comes with supporting oneself during the years of work required to earn the license.
Investigators are reviewing allegations a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) illegally posed as a physician. The investigation began after a state agency received complaints about the individual. These complaints led to a search warrant and investigation of a medical building where the nurse allegedly ran an illegal medical practice. At this practice, the accused allegedly provided medical treatments to patients that believed he was a medical doctor.
Prosecutors recently accused a New York nurse of wrongfully taking pain medications from his employer. The hospital where he works stated he took the medication without proper authorization. The nurse was originally charged with multiple felonies, but through a plea deal the nurse’s defense team reduced the charges to a misdemeanor and entered a treatment program.
The Nassau County District Attorney recently announced the arrest of a nurse from Queens. The nurse allegedly stole over $30,000 in medical equipment from a local hospital. The allegations have led to charges of third-degree grand larceny.