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Illinois professional license rulesNursing students typically work long and hard hours in college to start their own careers in the nursing field. During the pinning ceremonies and following commencements, these students celebrate their hard work and look forward to the beginning of a new journey. However, a prospective nurse needs to understand and adhere to the guidelines while applying for a nursing license. There may be obstacles that keep the person from the ability to obtain a nursing license, thus keeping him or her from pursuing a passion for nursing.

Nursing License Revoked

An applicant may be determined unfit for licensure if he or she has a criminal background. If the crime consists of armed violence, dishonesty, or false statements, then the applicant may be disqualified from obtaining a nursing license.

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social work license, social worker license, clinical social work,  Illinois professional license defense lawyer, license defense attorneyA career that can help others in the clinical social work field is a commendable opportunity for those who have a passion for people. However, if someone wants to pursue this type of job, he or she will need to obtain at least a Master’s in Social Work, and he or she will need to apply for a Clinical Social Work license before starting a career in social work.

Who Can be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker?

A licensed clinical social worker is a person who holds a license to practice clinical social work in the state of Illinois. This person will be authorized to provide mental health services in order to evaluate, treat, and prevent mental and emotional disorders in affected individuals and groups. A licensed clinical social worker can also assist in assessing a client’s psychological development, behavior, and interpersonal relationships.

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Illinois professional license defense lawyer, dental license, Illinois dentist license, professional license defense, dentist qualificationsBecoming a dentist and building a business can be a very exciting time in one’s professional career. However, a prospective dentist needs to know all of the prerequisites to obtain his or her dentist license in the State of Illinois.

There are several steps in the process of receiving a dentist license, and the end product is typically very rewarding, with the potential of bringing in clients and referrals.

Obtaining an Illinois Dentist License

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Illinois pharmacy audit defense attorneyPharmacies undergo both random and routine audits to ensure they are meeting the needs and best interest of consumers. Safety, cost management, and compliance are all issues that are examined during these inspections. Pharmacy audits may also search for any evidence of drug diversion among staff members. Learn how to protect yourself and your pharmacy from consequences of a poorly completed audit with help from the following information.

Advance Preparation for Routine Audits

Routine audits typically occur around the same time each year. Because of this, pharmacists and personnel have time to prepare. It is highly suggested that pharmacies do this with an experienced attorney who can conduct a review of the contracts, policy manuals, agreements, and other documents. An attorney can also review the pharmacy’s day-to-day operations to search for any compliance issues that need to be addressed. Lastly, an attorney can ensure you understand the audit process so that you and your staff know what to expect.

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Illinois medical license defense attorneyThere are benefits to volunteering your medical expertise or services, whether it be at a free or mobile clinic, a medical relief group, an international disaster area, or with a local school or sports team. Unfortunately, there are also risks involved, including the potential of legal or medical licensing issues. Because of this, it is important that physicians understand the risks, and how to best protect themselves.

Good Samaritan Laws

Many healthcare professionals believe they are legally required to assist in an emergency under the Good Samaritan Law, but this law is not as much of a requirement as it is a mode of protection. While, yes, certain situations may bind you by law to help, you are not always obligated to assist a stranger in peril. But if you do choose to help, you have at least some protection under this law. However, there are some limitations that you must be aware of:

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Illinois DEA defense lawyerHealthcare providers who work with controlled substances are at an almost constant risk for allegations of drug diversion, unlawful prescribing, or the illegal distribution of a controlled substance. To make matters even worse, these same healthcare professionals often undergo routine audits with the DEA, only to wind up in the middle of an investigation. Thankfully, it is possible to protect your medical license, even if you are in the midst of chaos.

DEA Audits and Inspections

The DEA regularly investigates and audits healthcare providers to ensure they are maintaining compliance with the Controlled Substances Act. This occurs about once every three years but may be more frequent for certain practices. Most often, investigations are done at random. However, specific practices – namely pain management clinics and providers – may be targeted because the agency considers them a “high risk.” A tip or complaint from a pharmacist or patient and discrepancies in prescribing patterns could also lead to an investigation or audit.

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Illinois medical license defense lawyerAs a physician, you are held to a higher standard, and you are expected to act professionally in both your professional and personal life. Of course, you are only human and are bound to make mistakes, just like everyone else. Unfortunately, if you make one that leads to criminal charges, it could place more than just your reputation at risk; it might also impact the status of your Illinois medical license.

Criminal Charges and Moral Turpitude

Moral turpitude is defined as any action that could be deemed contrary to society’s view of justice, honesty, or morality. Generally, it is the state’s medical board that decides what qualifies as moral turpitude for its physicians. Unfortunately, that can leave a lot of room for error. There are a few criminal charges that frequently result in an investigation or adverse licensing action for physicians, however. These include:

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