22 February 2010

A Nursing Core Value: Integrity


2878. The board may suspend or revoke a license issued under thischapter for any of the following:
(a) Unprofessional conduct, which includes, but is not limited to, the following:

(1) Incompetence, or gross negligence in carrying out usual nursing functions.
(2) A conviction of practicing medicine without a license in violation of Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 2000), in which event the record of conviction shall be conclusive evidence of the conviction.
(3) The use of advertising relating to nursing which violates Section 17500.
(4) The use of excessive force upon or the mistreatment or abuseof any patient. For the purposes of this paragraph, "excessive force" means force clearly in excess of that which would normally be applied in similar clinical circumstances.
(5) The failure to maintain confidentiality of patient medical information, except as disclosure is otherwise permitted or required by law.
(6) Failure to report the commission of any act prohibited by law

(g) Impersonating any applicant or acting as proxy for anapplicant in any examination required under this chapter for theissuance of a license.
(h) Impersonating another practitioner, misrepresenting professional credentials or licensure status, or permitting another person to use his or her certificate or license.
(i) Aiding or assisting, or agreeing to aid or assist any person or persons, whether a licensed physician or not, in the performance of or arranging for a violation of Article 12 (commencing withSection 2220) of Chapter 5.
The commission of any act involving dishonesty, when that action is related to the duties and functions of the licensee.
(k) The commission of any act punishable as a sexually related crime, if that act is substantially related to the duties andfunctions of the licensee.
(1) Except for good cause, the knowing failure to protect patients by failing to follow infection control guidelines of the board, thereby risking transmission of blood-borne infectious diseases from licensee to patient, from patient to patient, and from patient to licensee.

In administering this subdivision, the board shallconsider referencing the standards, regulations, and guidelines of the State Department of Health Services developed pursuant to Section1250.11 of the Health and Safety Code and the standards, guidelines, and regulations pursuant to the California Occupational Safety andHealth Act of 1973

source: Vocational Nursing Practice Act

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