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§ 666. Refusal, suspension or revocation of license; grounds

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 63 P.S. Professions and Occupations (State Licensed)

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 63 P.S. Professions and Occupations (State Licensed) (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 20. Practical Nurse Law (Refs & Annos)
63 P.S. § 666
§ 666. Refusal, suspension or revocation of license; grounds
(a) The board may refuse, suspend or revoke any license in any case where the board shall find, that the licensee
(1) Is guilty of gross immorality;
(2) Is unfit or incompetent by reason of negligence, habits or other causes;
(3) Has wilfully or repeatedly violated any of the provisions of this act or of the regulations of the board;
(4) Has committed fraud or deceit in the practice of practical nursing or in securing his or her admission to such practice or to practical nursing school;
(5) Has been convicted or has pleaded guilty or entered a plea of nolo contendere or has been found guilty by a judge or jury of a felony or a crime of moral turpitude in the courts of this Commonwealth, the United States, or any other state, territory or country, or has received probation without verdict, disposition in lieu of trial or an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition in the disposition of felony charges, or has been dishonorably discharged or has been discharged under circumstances amounting to dishonorable discharge from the military forces of the United States or of any other country;
(6) Is addicted to alcohol or is addicted to hallucinogenic or narcotic drugs or other drugs which tend to impair judgment or coordination, so long as such dependence shall continue, or if he or she has become mentally incompetent. In enforcing this clause, the board shall, upon probable cause, have authority to compel a licensee to submit to a mental or physical examination as designated by it. After notice, hearing, adjudication and appeal as provided in section 17,1 failure of a licensee to submit to such examination when directed shall constitute an admission of the allegations against him or her unless failure is due to circumstances beyond his or her control, consequent upon which default and final order may be entered without the taking of testimony or presentation of evidence. A licensee affected under this clause shall at reasonable intervals be afforded an opportunity to demonstrate that he or she can resume a competent practice of practical nursing with reasonable skill and safety to patients;
(7) Is continuing to practice nursing when such licensee knows he or she has an infectious, communicable or contagious disease;
(8) Has been guilty of unprofessional conduct or such conduct as to require a suspension or revocation in the public interest;
(9) Has had his or her license suspended or revoked, or received other disciplinary action by the proper licensing authority in another state, territory, possession or country;
(10) Has acted in such a manner as to present an immediate and clear danger to the public health or safety.
(b) When the board finds that the license of any nurse may be refused, revoked or suspended under the terms of subsection (a), the board may:
(1) Deny the application for a license.
(2) Administer a public reprimand.
(3) Revoke, suspend, limit or otherwise restrict a license as determined by the board.
(4) Require a licensee to submit to the care, counseling or treatment of a physician or a psychologist designated by the board.
(5) Suspend enforcement of its finding thereof and place a licensee on probation with the right to vacate the probationary order for noncompliance.
(6) Restore or reissue, in its discretion, a suspended license to practice practical nursing and impose any disciplinary or corrective measure which it might originally have imposed.


1956, March 2, P.L. (1955) 1211, § 16. Amended 1985, Dec. 20, P.L. 423, No. 110, § 14, effective Jan. 1, 1986.


63 P.S. § 667.
63 P.S. § 666, PA ST 63 P.S. § 666
Current through the end of the 2023 Regular Session. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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