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What Can I Do if I Am A Nurse with a Substance Use Disorder?

Nursing License Defense Minnesota

By Priscilla Lord, Esq.

This past year has been a tough one on all of us. The stress and fear of COVID has brought us so many losses as a country: lost jobs, lost apartments and homes, food insecurity, isolation from family and friends, mask wearing, and the death of over 500,000 loved ones. Figuring out how to cope with this onslaught of stressors has been difficult for everyone.

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Protect your Psychology License with Clear Patient Boundaries

Psychologist License Defense

By Priscilla Lord, Esq.

You have been counseling a client for several months and find that you two really hit it off. This client is someone you enjoy being with and you are thinking of becoming friends, or more. STOP! Crossing this boundary with your client is a violation of your practice standards and could be devastating to the health of your client.

Setting Boundaries When Counseling a Patient/Client

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Should I Obtain Professional Liability Insurance?

Medical Professionals

By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

I am amazed at how few licensed nurses, social workers, and other licensed professionals obtain and carry a personal professional liability insurance policy. If you are wondering about whether obtaining your own professional liability insurance is worth it, the answer is always a resounding YES! Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions I hear as a professional license defense attorney.

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Five Ways To Protect Your Therapist or Social Worker License

Professional Boundaries in Therapy and Social Work

By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

In my practice as a Minneapolis licensing board lawyer I often see allegations of professional boundaries violations. Not surprisingly, boundaries violations are most prevalent in the fields of social work, counseling, and therapy. Working in a profession where clients may be struggling to have their basic needs met while also dealing with mental health diagnoses and/or chemical dependency issues often presents licensed social workers and   […]   Read More »

Why I Am Proud To Be A Lawyer For Nurses

Happy Nurses Week

By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

Nurses are amazing and I am so proud to be a lawyer that defends nurses and their licenses. In honor of National Nurses Week, I wanted to take a few moments to share just a few of the many ways my life has been impacted by the kindness and caring of nurses.

As a mother of two, I have such gratitude for the compassion and   […]   Read More »

What Can I Expect If I Report to the Health Professionals Services Program (HPSP)?

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

When I am contacted by a licensed professional who is having issues with their employer or their board surrounding mental health or chemical dependency, the Health Professionals Services Program (HPSP) will always come up in our first conversation.

The Health Professionals Services Program was put in place over two decades ago to protect Minnesota citizens by providing confidential monitoring for health care workers who have   […]   Read More »

What Should I Do If I Am Over-Burdened in My Nursing Home Work Environment?

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.


Lately I have been working with Minnesota nurses including RNs, LPNs, and CNAs who describe their work environments as hectic, under-staffed, and offering poor supervision. Often, these are descriptions of our work environments at our Minnesota nursing homes and assisted living facilities. You nurses have a demanding job, both physically and emotionally. We appreciate your work and want to be sure that you   […]   Read More »

I Think my Colleague Violated the Nurse Practice Act: Am I Obligated to Report it to the Minnesota Board of Nursing?

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

If you are a licensed professional in the state of Minnesota and you believe that a colleague has violated the professional rules of practice, you may be required to report that information to your licensing board immediately. Although you may have developed a friendship with this colleague, and reporting their violation may be uncomfortable for you as a licensee of a Minnesota health regulatory board,   […]   Read More »

Why is My Practice Under Investigation by the Minnesota Board of Nursing?

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Medical Practice Under Investigation?  

By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

As a Minnesota nurse license lawyer, my clients often ask me why they are being investigated by their licensing board. Many people don't realize that Minnesota licensing boards are complaint-driven. In other words, your licensing board does not go out looking for improper behavior on its own. Rather, your board relies on others to alert it to improper practice or behavior.   […]   Read More »

I am a Nurse Accused of Drug Diversion by the Minnesota Board of Nursing: What Should I Do?

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By Melissa Heinlein, Esq.

Drug overdose is currently the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, deaths from opioid overdose (this includes deaths from prescription painkillers and heroin) have more than quadrupled over the last 15 years. In 2015, 572 deaths due to drug overdose were recorded in Minnesota alone. As a nurse attorney that represents nurses and other licensed professionals before   […]   Read More »

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