Ohio Nursing Defense Counsel Blog
Beth and Todd Collis regularly represent professionals before their state licensing boards in Ohio and they regularly help applicants apply for a nursing license in Ohio or wade through the disciplinary process.
The Ohio Nursing Defense Counsel Blog answers many of the common questions received in their practice on a regular basis.
Recent Blog Posts
- Pandemic Prompts New Mental Health Resources for Ohio Medical Professionals, Public Resources are available to help health care workers struggling with mental health issues. For a health care industry that was already stretched thin, the pandemic has brought many new challenges. Health care workers continue to work long hours, caring for patients who often do not recover from the disease. They have seen death and long-term illness in not only the elderly and people with compromised immune systems, but also in the young and otherwise healthy population. They have seen their friends,... More
- Ohio Registered Nurses and Advanced Practice Nurses – License Renewal Final Deadline Is October 31, 2021 The renewal window for registered nurse (RN) and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) licenses issued by the Ohio Board of Nursing (Board) opened on July 1, 2021. The final deadline for renewal is Oct. 31, 2021. Renewal is completed online using the Ohio eLicense system. If you do not file a complete renewal application and/or pay the required fee by Oct. 31, 2021, your license will lapse. An RN or APRN in Ohio whose license has lapsed is not authorized to... More
- Important Changes to the Ohio Board of Nursing – First Source Screening Program If you are being monitored by the Ohio Board of Nursing and required to submit random screens through First Source, changes have been made to the program that will affect every participant. You will no longer be able to use the app or call the toll-free number to check whether you have been selected to test. Effective Sept. 1, 2021, there will be changes to First Source screening procedures. Updated information will be posted on the Board’s website and First Source will send a... More
- Ohio’s Fresh Start Act Creates a Path to Professional Licensure for those with Prior Convictions In January 2021, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed House Bill 263, better known as the Fresh Start Act (the Act), into law. The Act standardizes the professional licensure process in Ohio by removing vague disqualifiers such as “moral turpitude” and “lack of moral character.” Through its restorative justice approach, the Act offers professionals with records of certain prior offenses a path to licensure. Most of the Act’s provisions become effective on Oct. 9, 2021, which is also the deadline for... More
- The Ohio Board of Nursing Disciplinary Process A nurse alleged to have violated the Ohio Board of Nursing’s (“Nursing Board”) laws or rules is subject to discipline by the Nursing Board. Actions for which a nurse can be disciplined can be found here. This article is a general guideline to the Nursing Board’s disciplinary process. Stage One – Complaint Any member of the public is permitted to file a Complaint with the Nursing Board. Additionally, under Ohio Revised Code §4723.34(A), an employer of nurses who knows or has reason to believe... More
- Admissions to Board Investigator Can Be Used Against Physician in Criminal Trial On December 15, 2020, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled 6-1 that a physician’s admissions made to an Ohio Medical Board investigator can be used against the physician in his criminal trial. In 2017, three patients accused Dr. James Gideon of inappropriate touching during office visits. Gideon told Bluffton police he did not inappropriately touch any patients. Subsequently, however, an Ohio Medical Board investigator made an unannounced visit to Gideon’s office. Gideon, who was aware of the Ohio Medical Board legal requirement to cooperate... More
- Extension to Renew Ohio LPN licenses Ohio LPN licenses expire on November 1, 2020. However, the Ohio Coronavirus Omnibus Act, H.B. 197, effective March 27, 2020, authorizes extending Ohio LPN licenses that expire during the declared emergency. Ohio LPN licenses will remain valid until the earlier of either 90-days after the date the emergency ends or December 1, 2020, unless revoked, suspended, or otherwise subject to discipline or limitations. The Ohio LPN license renewal window is scheduled to begin on July 1, 2020 and the Ohio Board of... More
- NCSBN Offering Free Online COVID-19 Courses for Health Care Professionals The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is an organization through which state boards of nursing work together on matters of common interest and concern affecting the public health, safety and welfare. NCSBN is offering free online COVID-19 courses for health care professionals. The courses provide new, established and returning nurses with training and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nurses and other health care workers are invited to self-enroll through the ICRS Connections Catalog. Enrollment questions should be directed to... More
- Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board Issues Emergency Rule 4757-5-13 Regarding Teletherapy On April 6, 2020, the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board (“CSWMFT Board”) filed emergency rule 4757-5-13. The rule will remain in effect until August 4, 2020. In its announcement, the CSWMFT indicated that the emergency amendments to the rule expand access to teletherapy services for clients by: clarifying that no training is required prior to providing teletherapy, however, the rule requires that licensees provide services only if they can competently provide such services waives the requirement to... More
- Ohio Nurses: How to comply with a Nursing Board Order or Consent Agreement during the COVID-19 Stay at Home Order Many nurses who are currently being monitored by the Ohio Board of Nursing, under the terms of a Consent Agreement or a Board Order, have asked how they can comply with the terms of these Orders, while under the State of Ohio Stay at Home Order in effect until May 1, 2020. In general, each nurse needs to continue to comply with all terms and conditions of your Board Order or Consent Agreement. If you unable to comply in any way,... More