Minnesota Nursing Board votes to seek more disciplinary power

  • Article by: Brandon Stahl , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 5, 2013 - 9:58 PM

It will get tougher on problem nurses in wake of Star Tribune series.

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actualreaderDec. 5, 13 4:14 PM

Can't wait for the nurses' association's reaction to this. The last letter to its members about the Strib's coverage read like a note cooked up by a couple of middle-schoolers outside their lockers. "There were only a few cases!" "Our patients will think we're all like this!" "It's a smear campaign!" and my favorite, "It's not fair!" They did also point some blame at the nursing board, but I doubt a request for more disciplinary power was what they were looking for.

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wildfoxDec. 5, 13 6:39 PM

These changes can't come soon enough. Another issue should include hospitals and institutions that fail to report nurses behavior should be fined.

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mchristiDec. 6, 13 4:34 AM

There aren't enough people from the general public on the board. 4 out of 16 isn't enough. It should be more like 6 of the 16 are simply citizens, 2 members should be physicians, and then the 8 nursing positions evenly split between RNs and LPNs (instead of the current 8 RNs and 4 LPNs). The only other requirement should be that at least one nurse (RN or LPN) practices in a nursing home or other long term care facility. A greater portion of members of the public should make the board more responsive to public needs and the needs of patients, and the inclusion of two physicians should make sure that nursing regulations are in keeping with the needs of medicine and not just nursing practice. I'd put two nurses on the board of medical practice for mutual accountability as well.

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YoganaziDec. 6, 13 5:57 AM

Does this change in disciplinary process apply to all licensing boards monitoring health care professionals?

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fentanylDec. 7, 13 7:52 AM

Let us start the process with drug testing the MBON staff and review their prescription use. The poor decision making may be a sign of impairment.

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