Section 468.3101, Florida Statutes 2003
468.3101 Disciplinary grounds and actions.--
(1) The following acts shall be grounds for disciplinary action as set forth in this section:
(a) Procuring, attempting to procure, or renewing a certificate to practice radiologic technology by bribery, by fraudulent misrepresentation, or through an error of the department.
(b) Having a certificate to practice radiologic technology revoked, suspended, or otherwise acted against, including being denied certification, by the certification authority of another state, territory, or country.
(c) Being convicted or found guilty, regardless of adjudication, in any jurisdiction of a crime which directly relates to the practice of radiologic technology or to the ability to practice radiologic technology. A plea of nolo contendere shall be considered a conviction for the purpose of this provision.
(d) Being convicted or found guilty, regardless of adjudication, in any jurisdiction of a crime against a person. A plea of nolo contendere shall be considered a conviction for the purposes of this provision.
(e) Making or filing a false report or record which the certificateholder knows to be false, intentionally or negligently failing to file a report or record required by state or federal law, or willfully impeding or obstructing such filing or inducing another to do so. Such reports or records include only those reports or records which are signed in the capacity as a radiologic technologist.
(f) Engaging in unprofessional conduct, which includes, but is not limited to, any departure from, or the failure to conform to, the standards of practice of radiologic technology as established by the department, in which case actual injury need not be established.
(g) Being unable to practice radiologic technology with reasonable skill and safety to patients by reason of illness; drunkenness; or use of drugs, narcotics, chemicals, or other materials or as a result of any mental or physical condition. A radiologic technologist affected under this paragraph shall, at reasonable intervals, be afforded an opportunity to demonstrate that he or she can resume the competent practice of radiologic technology with reasonable skill and safety.
(h) Failing to report to the department any person who the certificateholder knows is in violation of this part or of the rules of the department.
(i) Violating any provision of this part, any rule of the department, or any lawful order of the department previously entered in a disciplinary proceeding or failing to comply with a lawfully issued subpoena of the department.
(j) Employing, for the purpose of applying ionizing radiation to any human being, any individual who is not certified under the provisions of this part.
(2) If the department finds any person or firm guilty of any of the grounds set forth in subsection (1), it may enter an order imposing one or more of the following penalties:
(a) Refusal to approve an application for certification.
(b) Revocation or suspension of a certificate.
(c) Imposition of an administrative fine not to exceed $1,000 for each count or separate offense.
(d) Issuance of a reprimand.
(e) Placement of the radiologic technologist on probation for such period of time and subject to such conditions as the department may specify, including requiring the radiologic technologist to submit to treatment, to undertake further relevant education or training, to take an examination, or to work under the supervision of a licensed practitioner.
(3) The department shall not reinstate the certificate of a radiologic technologist, or cause a certificate to be issued to a person it has deemed unqualified, until such time as the department is satisfied that such person has complied with all the terms and conditions set forth in the final order and is capable of safely engaging in the practice of radiologic technology.
(4) The department shall, by rule, establish guidelines for the disposition of disciplinary cases involving specific types of violations. Such guidelines may include minimum and maximum fines, periods of suspension or probation, or conditions of probation or reissuance of a certificate.
History.--ss. 15, 19, ch. 84-269; s. 9, ch. 88-310; s. 4, ch. 91-429; s. 289, ch. 97-103; s. 74, ch. 97-237.