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Unwise social media use can cost you your nursing license

Nursing can be a highly stressful profession. During your off-hours, it's only reasonable that you might want to relax by looking at videos of cats, baby goats and other light, soothing images on social media. However, when it comes to posting things, you need to be careful of how you're representing the nursing profession, your employer and the patients with whom you interact.

Health care professionals and addiction: You are not alone

If you are like many nurses, you love your job. In fact, you may identify as a nurse more than many of your other callings, such as being a spouse, a parent or a friend. It is your compassion and concern for others that drew you to the profession. While the reality of the job may not be exactly what you imagined as a student in nursing school, the privilege of helping others through a moment of crisis is what carries you through the day.

What is CANDO?

Substance abuse, whether it involves alcohol and/or drugs, is indisputably at frightening levels in this country. Those in the nursing profession are at particular risk for abuse, in part because of their highly-stressful jobs and also because of their access to prescription drugs.

Malpractice suit became an issue in recent Arizona election

The special election to choose a replacement for the 8th Congressional District seat vacated by Rep. Trent Franks, who resigned late last year following a surrogacy scandal, brought to public attention a medical malpractice suit against one candidate. Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, a Democrat from Glendale, appears to have lost the race to Republican Debbie Lesko of Peoria by just five points in a solidly Republican district that Donald Trump won by more than 20 points less than 18 months ago.

Patients can sometimes misjudge a nurse's quality of care

One of the most common complaints patients make about nurses involves the quality of care the patients receive. As a nurse, you are undoubtedly scrupulous about following protocol and completing tasks by the book. You may keep careful patient records and avoid unethical situations. However, patient perception plays a major role in measuring the quality of care you provide.

Protecting your nursing license during an Arizona State Board of Nursing investigation

You may have always wanted to be a nurse, but at some point in your nursing education or in the first few years on the job, you realized you had a passion for the work. The satisfaction of helping people in a personal and meaningful way often made the long, exhausting hours worthwhile. Nursing for you is an ideal way to achieve personal fulfillment and to support your family at the same time.

Be careful, nurses. HIPAA rules are strict.

As a medical professional, you are well aware of the importance of maintaining the privacy of your patients. In fact, confidentiality is such a critical part of patient care that there are federal laws that regulate the storage, access and transmission of patient records. Most of those regulations are found in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Challenges to a psychologist's license

Undoubtedly, one important reason why you chose to go into the delicate work of psychology is because you want to help people with mental and emotional problems. Perhaps you have a history of such issues yourself, or you watched a loved one struggle with mental illness all through life. Whatever your inspiration, you have spent considerable time, money and effort getting your degree and your license to practice psychology.

How will your past influence a Board of Nursing decision?

If you recently reached a turning point in your life, you may be focused on a bright future and taking steps to reach your new goals. You can be proud of yourself because not many people are able to put their pasts behind them and resolve to commit the rest of their lives to helping others. If you are working toward a career in nursing, you likely have this mindset.