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.
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.
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.