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What does the addicted RN look like?

Nurses are the backbone of the American health care system, filling approximately 4 million roles within the industry — which is four times the number of physicians throughout the U.S.. Not only do nurses make up a majority of health care workers but also, they shoulder much of the burden in any given health care environment. The high stress of their jobs, the long hours and the rotating shifts, coupled with easy access to addictive medications, make nurses particularly vulnerable to chemical dependency. If you work in a health care setting in Ohio, and if you suspect a colleague abuses prescription drugs, it would be helpful to know the signs of addiction so that you can act accordingly.

According to findings published by DrugRehab.com, one in 10 nurses today abuse drugs or alcohol. Substance abuse is dangerous no matter who the victim is, but in nurses, it can be even more so. Substance abuse disorder can result in slower reaction times and impaired judgement. If a nurse abuses drugs and continues to work, he or she may put him or herself, patients and the nursing profession at risk. To prevent tragic or costly accidents, all members of a health care organization should be aware of what substance abuse disorder looks like.

Help! I'm being investigated by the nursing board

It's every nurse's living nightmare — being investigated by the Board of Nursing. But don't be too quick to hang up your stethoscope. Just because a complaint has been lodged against you does not automatically mean that it is valid.

If you or your specific actions are under investigation, you need to be fully aware of the circumstances and how you present yourself at all times when dealing with this matter. Below are some tips to help you navigate the situation.

Health care fraud charges for Ohio podiatrist

Charges of fraud can lead to serious and long-lasting consequences for a health care provider, such as the suspension of one's medical license, financial penalties and fines, as well as potential prison time. A podiatrist in Ohio with a history of fraud conviction not related to his medical practice now faces charges for illegally submitting Medicare and Medicaid claims amounting to more than $1.1 million.

In 2013, the podiatrist allegedly became involved in a mortgage fraud scheme, acting as a straw buyer of real estate in Florida. He initially received a 10-year federal prison sentence and had his medical license suspended, but he received five years' probation in May 2013 and had his medical license reinstated in March 2014. Perhaps related to this incident, although the details are somewhat unclear, Medicare and Medicaid prohibited him from submitting claims related to his practice. However, between 2014 and 2018, the podiatrist allegedly submitted a combined total of more than $1,187,000 to both agencies by making it appear that another physician performed the services and obscuring his role as owner of the practice. 

Can your medical license be suspended?

Physicians in Ohio, like anywhere else in the country, need a license in order to practice. However, certain convictions can lead to your license being suspended or even revoked. Not only are those statuses viewable to the public, but they can strongly impact your ability to find work, keep clients, and successfully promote yourself and your business.

The Georgia Composite Medical Board takes a look at different forms of medical license statuses when a person is facing punishment for a medical-related crime. Generally speaking, these apply across America. The first is suspension. This is a case in which you have been temporarily asked to cease activities and business as a medical professional until the Medical Board deems otherwise.

What is insider trading?

Many years ago, the biggest news was Martha Stewart's imprisonment for insider trading. It was a huge news story because she was a major celebrity and well-respected individual. At that time, many people were confused because they did not know what insider trading was. Sine it has been a while since this topic has been in the forefront of the news, you, too, may be wondering what it is. Because it is such a serious topic, everyone in Ohio should have some idea what it is and how they could be found guilty of it.

Insider trading, according to MarketWatch, is when someone shares or uses information gained from their knowledge of information not available to the public about the stocks of a company. That is a long definition, so it may help to break it down.

One mistake leads to huge implications for gun owners

Lawmakers in Ohio established a new law in February that focuses on self-defense and the handling of firearms. The primary purpose of the law was to expand the circumstances in which shooting someone in self-defense is legally justified.

However, many gun advocates stated there was a significant error in the new legislation. Essentially, the law makes owning certain rifles, guns with pistol grips and a weapon larger than 26 inches a felony. It may affect thousands of gun owners across the state – making them lawbreakers.

Do you have to tell your employer about an off-duty OVI?

You work as a truck driver, something you have done for the past 20 years. It's the only thing you have ever done for a career, and you love it. You are also well aware that it's the only thing you have the training and experience to do. Without it, you would likely be unemployed, and you're too far into your career to go to school and start all over on a new path.

As such, you are always very careful. You never drink and drive in your rig. You won't even have a beer with dinner if you know that you are going out on the road. It's just not worth it. If you do drink with friends the night before a job, you make sure that you stop in time to be 100 percent sober before pulling your truck back onto the interstate.

Do you need to report a crime?

You're watching white collar crime play out in your office, right under the company's nose, and no one else has any idea what's happening.You're not committing the crime yourself. It's a simple financial scheme to skim some money off of the top. One of your co-workers, who you've grown close with over the years, dreamed it up. They're fairly sick of the job, they don't feel respected and they finally decided to take that next step and "get what they deserve," as they put it. 

Silence is golden when facing fraud charges

If you work in the professional world, there are many ways that you might find yourself facing fraud charges. Our systems of commerce are complex, and even well-meaning individuals can violate laws or regulations without realizing it or intending any harm.

Fraud charges should never be taken lightly, especially by those who believe they are innocent. The first steps toward protecting your name and defending against the charges are building a strong legal defense and remaining silent about the matter.

Using laboratory testing to build a drug possession defense

Fighting drug charges is nothing to take lightly, even if it is a first time offense. You only need to look at statistics on the numbers of inmates in prison for non-violent drug offense to see how harshly the courts treat drug offenses.

If you or someone you love recently received drug charges, now is not the time to sit back and see what happens. It is quite the opposite. The longer that you wait to begin building your defense, the more time you give the prosecution to build a case against you unhindered, and the less time you have to review the evidence against you and fight it.

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