When it comes to keeping a professional license and avoiding problems with the review board, many young professionals fail to realize exactly how much their conduct in their private life matters.
Your character -- not just your ability to pass the bar exam -- can be your biggest hurdle as you pursue your license to practice law.
Nurses these days are expected to live up to some pretty tall standards. After all, as a nurse, you have access to sensitive information about your patients, handle high-powered narcotics and treat people who are in vulnerable conditions all the time. It's understandable, then, that nurses face a lot of scrutiny.
One of the quickest ways to endanger your medical license is to fall victim to a drug diversion scam or a patient who is abusing your services in order to fuel his or her addiction. That's why it's imperative to be particularly sensitive to the warning signs of drug-seeking behavior -- and particularly conscientious about documenting your efforts to validate a patient's legitimate need for pain medication.
The former dean of the University of Southern California lost his license after a hearing by the state's Medical Board.
The digital age has created a whole host of opportunities in medicine, as well as problems. Doctors are now confronted with a dizzying array of ethical and professional issues that can erupt over something as simple as an online post.
If your nursing license is in jeopardy due to your being arrested or otherwise accused of unethical activities, you need to take swift action. This is not the time to hang back and hope it blows over. It won't.
Here's a scary fact: The odds of being the focus of an investigation by your state's medical licensing board is about five times higher than your odds of being sued.
It's no secret that student loans are skyrocketing -- and defaulting on them can cripple your credit score. That makes it impossible to buy a house or get a car loan, among other things. Eventually, your tax return can be seized and your wages garnished to repay the debt.
Losing your medical license -- even temporarily due to a suspension -- is a hard blow. No matter how you got in this position, it seems painfully unfair to have spent the greater part of your life studying and working toward a career that you can't currently practice.