Nursing and Narcotics Use

Nurses and Narcotics Use   Nursing can be a high-stress profession.  In addition to demanding and irregular shifts, nurses endure a myriad of stressors, including but not limited to: (1) work overload, (2) deadlines, (3) a lack of social support, (4) exposure to infectious disease, (5) patient-related violence and/or threats, (6) sleep deprivation, (7) role… Read more »

Nursing and Telehealth

What Minnesota Nurses need to know about telehealth. A recent trend in healthcare has seen the rise of telecommunication and information technology to provide clinical health care from a distance.  Telehealth, or telemedicine, allows care providers to keep their costs down while expanding the reach of their services.  Often, services can be offered far from… Read more »

Nusing and Substance Abuse

Health care professionals who are unprepared, incompetent or impaired pose a significant risk to the public.   To ensure the state’s interest in protecting the people, the Minnesota Board of Nursing regulates and licenses over 118,000 nurses in the state of Minnesota.  The Board sets policy on professional practice standards, approves nursing education programs, licenses individuals… Read more »

What you need to know about Child Care Licensure

The state of Minnesota, through the Department of Human Services: Licensure Division, licenses family child care and child care centers to protect the health, safety, and the individual rights of children.  Generally speaking, child care providers must be licensed if they:   Operate as a “day program” between waking hours (between 6: am and 6:… Read more »

2018 Changes in Minnesota Child Care Law

The laws are always changing. After this legislative session, several critical changes in child care law shall take effect August 2018. If you possess a childcare license, are licensed in family child care, group family child care, or a child care center, it is import to know the status of the law, so that you… Read more »

Plain Language and Legalize, and making sense of legal documents.

The acclaimed motion picture actor, Will Rogers humored, “the minute you read something you don’t understand, you can be almost sure it was drawn up by a lawyer.” Lawyers possess almost a mythical propensity to write in an incredibly complex, confusing manner. This style of writing is called legalese. Legalese employees archaic terms, poor grammar,… Read more »

What is a Professional License?

What is a Professional License? Licensure restricts the practice of an occupation, or use of an occupational title unless the holder demonstrates the specific knowledge, or skill, required by the profession. In exchange for proving competence and meeting certain requirements, a state agency (or board) will grant applicants a property interest in a professional license,… Read more »

DUI and Professional Licenses

Imagine you are and your friends are downtown for the opening of a trendy bar.  One drink turns into another, and hours pass before you finally decide it’s time to be getting home.  You locate your keys, find your car and begin to drive.  After a couple of blocks, you notice flashing lights in your… Read more »

Minnesota Social Work License Complaint – What to Expect

I have recently been asked to present information before the Minnesota Nursing Home Social Workers Association. This post will outline what a social worker can expect when facing a complaint, and what immediate steps should be taken. I’ll “pull back the curtain” on what is happening when a complaint is received, some common areas where… Read more »