Social Workers – Complaints to the Board of Social Work

Social workers play an essential role, in assisting individuals, families, and groups of people to cope with their problems and improve their lives. For many social workers, direct counseling is only one aspect of a broader set of job functions in which they carry out which can include case intervention, case management, client education, crisis… Read more »

Nursing – What to Do When the Board Takes Action Against Your License

Many professions in the U.S., such as school teachers, attorneys, physicians, pilots and nurses, require a license as a condition of practicing a chosen occupation. Nurses, with more than 4.5 million individuals holding licensure at this time, are the second largest group of licensed professionals in the U.S, according to the National Council of the… Read more »

What happens when you lose your professional license?

Medical Professionals can be shocked to learn that their family life can dramatically impact their occupational license and ability to practice.  For example, defaulting on a court-ordered child support obligation may lead to a suspension, denial or revocation of their occupational license. Occupational licensing boards are required to investigate professionals in default of court-ordered support… Read more »

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 »