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
- 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
- Ohio Board of Pharmacy Takes Additional COVID-19 Response Efforts On March 24, 2020, the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy (“OBP”) took additional COVID-19 response efforts to protect the health and safety of Ohioans during the COVID-19 outbreak. These efforts include, but are not limited to: Authorized expedited licensure of drug distributors; and Authorized sale and shipment of non-reportable dangerous drugs that are in shortage by unlicensed, out-of-state facilities. The OBP also reminded its licensees that pharmacies and terminal distributors of dangerous drugs are not required to submit a notification to the... More
- State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy Implements Infection Control Procedures in Face of Corona Virus Updated 3/19/2020 The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy issued new requirements to implement safeguards to allow pharmacy professionals employed by a terminal distributor to practice pharmacy in a safe and effective manner. The Ohio Pharmacy Board issued the following (emphasis added): Section 4729.55 of the Revised Code requires a pharmacy to implement adequate safeguards that allow pharmacy professionals employed by a terminal distributor to practice pharmacy in a safe and effective manner. This includes implementing safeguards to protect pharmacy professionals (pharmacists, interns,... More
- Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board Responds to Corona Virus In connection with the Corona Virus, we have received numerous inquiries from our Ohio counselor and social worker clients concerning teletherapy services. The Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board (“CSWMFT Board”) recently posted the following information on its website: The Board’s rules regarding providing teletherapy are established in Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 4757-5-13. Licensees who are considering offering services via teletherapy should be mindful of the following: Independent licensees (LISW, LPCC, IMFT), dependent licenses (LSW, LPC, MFT) working under... More
- Covid-19 and Compliance with Ohio Board of Nursing Consent Agreements and Orders If you are a licensee of the Ohio Board of Nursing who is subject to an Ohio Board of Nursing Consent Agreement or Order, Covid-19 might affect your ability to comply with certain requirements of your Consent Agreement or Order including, but not limited to, submitting to random drug testing (for example, if a test site closes or there are restrictions on travel) or attending AA/12 step meetings (for example, if there are restrictions on travel or group gatherings). Typically, the... More