Fired, they still find jobs as nurses

  • Article by: Brandon Stahl , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 9, 2013 - 9:31 AM

Holes in state’s oversight mean problem nurses often get rehired somewhere else.

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edinawaterDec. 7, 1310:46 PM

"A Star Tribune review of Nursing Board disciplinary actions since 2010 found that at least 173 caregivers lost jobs after allegations of misconduct and managed to find new nursing positions."

Is the author suggesting that any nurse accused of misconduct should be barred from ever working as a nurse again?

wulffie22Dec. 7, 1311:23 PM


candcduluthDec. 7, 1311:54 PM

There are nurses that should be barred for life from practicing again. But I think in most cases there needs to be a path that disciplined nurses can take to get back in the public's good graces.

Diogenes9Dec. 8, 13 4:32 AM

Nurses look out for each other. And Doctors don't want the hassle of pushing for the appropriate type of discipline. As long as she or he moves on and out of way, the doc will usually be satisfied. In big institutions, this means a transfer. 95% of nurses who have real issues never come to the attention of the state board.

stplooklistnDec. 8, 13 6:03 AM

This is grounds for termination? "Two years later, in 1999, Idovich was working at a group home when a picture frame fell on a resident in her care, she said. The injury near his eye required stitches. Idovich was fired."

YoganaziDec. 8, 13 8:13 AM

If employer's were reporting job terminations directly to the MBON, most of these problem Nurses' would have lost their licenses long ago!!!

drichmnDec. 8, 13 8:34 AM

I'd advise her not to bother petitioning to get her license back. With the Board under such intense scrutiny and after this story I'd say her chances are less than nil. stplooklistn, what's not in this story is whether there were other issues at the group home in 1999. Alcoholism is a terrible disease and I wish her continued success in her sobriety.

jackpinesavDec. 8, 13 8:58 AM

Any basic background check would find FIVE DWI arrests. Health care employers need to tighten this up. And does no one make basic inquiries into prospective employees anymore?

drfranktDec. 8, 13 9:04 AM

Think about the potential articles possible, if politicians had to be licensed to perform and were under the same scrutiny as nurses and doctors! Now that would make for some fine reading!

jurburDec. 8, 13 9:56 AM

So the Star Tribune has now self-assumed the role of prosecutor, judge, and jury for an individual who according to the Center for Disease Control has the chronic disease of chemical dependency which is a protected class under the Federal Disabilities Act which considers individuals suffering from this disease vulnerable adults. So exactly where is this paper going with this public persecution of this woman and any other nurses they intend to bulls-eye? This reporter's story of targeting nurses who by the way have the highest public opinion of all professions, far higher than that of reporters, has gone from sensationalism to defamation of character, slander, and libel. Now this nurse may not pursue civil charges against this paper because she is dealing with a chronic,debilitating disease, but you can bet your bottom dollar the next nurse might not be so kind to the new State Enquirer.


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