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Pennsylvania: Impaired Health Professionals

There are a variety of circumstances and conditions that can cause a health professional to become impaired and compromise their ability to engage in patient care effectively and safely. When evaluating options to address impairment, it is important to be aware of state-specific guidance, which is discussed below. For additional information and resources, please refer to Curi’s Impaired Health Professionals Toolkit. HOW DOES Pennsylvania ADDRESS AN IMPAIRED health professional? The Pennsylvania Medical Practice Act defines practicing medicine while impaired by alcohol, drugs, or physical or mental disability as unprofessional (and immoral) conduct. The Pennsylvania Professional Nursing Law, 63 P.S. § 211 et seq., states in part that a…

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