Dayton favors 'structural' changes after meeting with Nursing Board

  • Article by: Brandon Stahl , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 18, 2013 - 9:46 PM

After meeting with board members, Gov. Mark Dayton agrees problems hinder discipline.

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mchristiDec. 18, 13 6:06 PM

The Board of Nursing needs to have more people from the general public, a less strong tilt toward RNs in the makeup, and a physician member.

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jarlmnDec. 18, 13 7:41 PM

So, Dayton wants to discourage slaps-on-the-wrist and other lenient under-the-table cronyism by these Boards ... but slyly skirts the Open Meeting transparency requirement? Makes one wonder how many of his other dealings are done on the sly like that.

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flakerangerDec. 18, 13 8:36 PM

Why doesn't the Governor's office know that circumventing the open meeting through serial meetings with is not okay?

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sntenbenselDec. 18, 1310:52 PM

I have deep concerns that HPSP will be required to report specifics to the board as it can undermine the much needed trust when coping with mental health issues, chemical dependency, etc. I know of many who have successfully recovered with the assistance of HPSP. Remember too that HPSP monitors all health professionals licensed with the state and not all who are addicted or having mental health or other medical conditions are harming patients. There may be gains with allowing this information to pass from HPSP to the Boards but this aspect (it is private medical information) needs to be tread on carefully otherwise recovery and accountability could be jeopardized.

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Wally_99Dec. 18, 1311:18 PM

Mark should resign over the MNSure disaster.

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prometheus1Dec. 19, 13 1:27 AM

It is interesting that Governor Dayton is prepared to strip protections from medical professionals in the name of improving public safety, but fails to take any action regarding the incompetent policies of his own DHS Commissioner. Numerous serious injuries to patients, state employees and the general public from her policies apparently aren't worthy of action on his part. I suppose it's easier to attack the Nursing Board for failing to act in some cases than to take responsibility for his own failure to exercise oversight on, and demand accountability from, his own administration.

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crystalbayDec. 19, 1311:23 AM

"but slyly skirts the Open Meeting transparency requirement? Makes one wonder how many of his other dealings are done on the sly like that."......................this would defeat the purpose of these meetings which was to determine the candid input from these professionals. This cannot be done in an open forum. It's ridiculous to label this purpose "sly". I suppose you also think that Obama's 7 months of weekly meetings with the bin Laden operatives should've been open to the public, too? The nursing board and the problems of concern about impaired nurses are internal issues, not public ones purposed with public testimony. First things first!

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mchristiDec. 19, 13 3:01 PM

I find it amazing that so many apparently disagree with increasing members of the general public on the Board of Nursing. Doing so should make the board more responsive to public concerns and limit the ability of such a board to simply represent the inside interests of nurses. Including a physician would seem to be a necessary inclusion of an important perspective on what is needed for medical care and the necessary teamwork between nurses and physicians. (A nurse should be on the Board of Medical Practice, too.) All this can be done without increasing the number of people on the board and achieve a better balance of perspectives needed for the Board of Nursing to do its job.

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