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Psychologist’s License Suspended for Child Porn Possession

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Psychologists have a hard job. They are engaged to improve the mental and emotional health of patients, which is not an easy thing to do. They are held to high standards in terms of knowledge and ethics. If they are not very well-trained, they can cause significant harm to patients. They can also face… Read More »

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Nurse’s License Suspended for Fraud Charges

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

There are many types of elder abuse. While many people think of physical abuse, the abuse can be financial as well. Many caretakers take advantage of the elderly, particularly those with mental issues. When a nurse does it, he or she can be convicted of fraud and face harsh penalties, including license loss. A… Read More »

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Licenses Rarely Suspended for Dentists Performing Unnecessary Treatment

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

If your dentist was performing dental treatment that you felt was odd or unnecessary, what do you think would happen? Do you think your dentist would get his or her license suspended? Would the dentist face any sort of punishment? Statistics say probably not. State dental boards are run by dentists who oversee other… Read More »

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Ethics in Real Estate Photos

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

If you are looking to buy a new home, you are probably starting the process online. You have probably done internet searches to see what is available in your desired area. Maybe you have seen photos of gorgeous homes with creative descriptions. The homes probably look too good to be true. In some cases,… Read More »

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Microsoft Works With Engineers to Create AI Ethics Checklist

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

When professional engineers create new products, they often don’t know how to do their job ethically. They often don’t receive any guidelines from higher-ups. Ethics is a subject that is just starting to be taught in schools, so professional engineers who have been around for decades are often unsure what changes need to be… Read More »

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Vet Clinic Closes After Veterinarian’s License is Suspended

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

It can be sad to hear that your dog’s or cat’s veterinary clinic that you’ve used for ages is shutting down. Sometimes they close down because the veterinarian is retiring. In some cases, they are forced to shut down because of licensing issues. The Board of Veterinary Medicine in Virginia suspended the veterinarian’s license… Read More »

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Facebook Hires New Director to Deal With Ethics in Engineering, Design

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

With new advances in technology comes responsibility. Many individuals and companies often do not take ethics into consideration when they create new products. This is especially true when dealing with software, apps and other digital media. These products can still cause harm, even though there may not be physical damages involved. Misuse of a… Read More »

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Physical Therapist’s License Still Suspended for Sexual Assault

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Physical therapists help those with injuries relieve pain and regain mobility. They often work with a person’s arms, legs, neck and shoulders to relieve stiff muscles and joints. They see patients in vulnerable positions and as such, they must act in a professional manner at all times. Otherwise, they can face license suspension. Some… Read More »

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Dentist Causes Patient’s Heart Attack, License Suspended 5 years

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Many people have undergone extensive dental treatments to fix problems with their teeth. Oral surgery on wisdom teeth is quite common. In fact, most people will get their wisdom teeth removed at some point. This surgery is quite routine and rarely results in complications. However, it did result in complications for one young woman…. Read More »

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Nurse Faces License Forfeiture After Taking Patients’ Drugs

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

When a person is sick or injured, they may need medication to feel better and heal. There are thousands of medications on the market to aid with pain relief, reduce the risk of infection, kill viruses and manage chronic conditions. When a person does not get the medication they need, they could experience a… Read More »