Job security is always an aspect to consider when choosing a job or career path, especially with a sloping economy. Economists are predicting that over the next fifteen years certain jobs in the medical field such as nurses and nursing assistants will become in short supply, which will increase the demand for such jobs. There are many different certifications and licenses you may receive within this targeted medical field such as becoming a registered nurse, a certified nursing assistant, a licensed practical nurse, along with many more. Persons in the health care field have a very emotional job as they work with those who are sick and ill. As they work with those, who many times cannot take care of themselves, sometimes questions and allegations arise as they help others’ loved ones.
In the State of North Carolina, the Department of Health and Human Services has created a Registry to help monitor any accusations that may arise regarding a discrepancy. The creation of the registry can be found in NC General Statute Section 131E-256 – Health Care Personnel Registry, where it states that:
(a) The Department shall establish and maintain a health care personnel registry containing the names of all health care personnel working in health care facilities in North Carolina who have:
(1) Been subject to findings by the Department of:
a. Neglect or abuse of a resident in a health care facility or a person to whom home care services as defined by G.S. 131E-136 or hospice services as defined by G.S. 131E-201 are being provided.
b. Misappropriation of the property of a resident in a health care facility, as defined in subsection (b) of this section including places where home care services as defined by G.S. 131E-136 or hospice services as defined by G.S. 131E-201 are being provided.
c. Misappropriation of the property of a health care facility.
d. Diversion of drugs belonging to a health care facility.
d1. Diversion of drugs belonging to a patient or client of the health care facility.
e. Fraud against a health care facility.
e1. Fraud against a patient or client for whom the employee is providing services.
(2) Been accused of any of the acts listed in subdivision (1) of this subsection, but only after the Department has screened the allegation and determined that an investigation is required.
The Health Care Registry can be located on the website of The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Division.
If a person within the health care field finds their name placed upon the Registry then it will hinder their career drastically! Within NC General Statute 131E-256 it states: “ Before hiring health care personnel into a health care facility or service, every employer at a health care facility shall access the Health Care Personnel Registry and shall note each incident of access in the appropriate business files.” This dictates that health care agencies will check the registry prior before hiring new employees.
However, it is possible that your name could be wrongfully placed upon the registry. If this is the case then you can file for an administrative hearing to contest the listing, “ Health care personnel who wish to contest findings under subdivision (a)(1) of this section are entitled to an administrative hearing as provided by the Administrative Procedure Act, Chapter 150B of the General Statutes. A petition for a contested case shall be filed within 30 days of the mailing of the written notice of the Department’s intent to place its findings about the person in the Health Care Personnel Registry.”
If the Department indeed discloses a finding then it is possible to have it removed, “ Health care personnel who wish to contest a decision by the Department to deny a removal of a single finding of neglect from the Health Care Personnel Registry under subdivision (1a) of subsection (i) of this section are entitled to an administrative hearing under Chapter 150B of the General Statutes. A petition for a contested case hearing shall be filed within 30 days of the mailing of the written notice of the Department’s denial of a removal of a finding of neglect.”
If you or someone you know finds that they have been accused of misappropriation of property or for any of the findings listed above in Wilmington, NC in New Hanover County, Brunswick County (Bolivia, NC), or Pender County (Burgaw, NC) and have had their name listed on the registry, even if it is listed as “pending investigation”, then call Collins Law Firm at: 910-793-9000910-793-9000 for a confidential consultation.
Rachel R. Reynolds, Paralegal