Special report: When nurses fail

  • Series: When nurses fail

    Fired, they still find jobs as nurses

    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. Updated Dec. 9, 2013

  • The Star Tribune is examining Minnesota’s oversight of nurses who violate standards of care and conduct. Over the past six months, the newspaper has analyzed thousands of records and interviewed more than 100 people about how the state protects the public from problem nurses.

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Gov. Mark Dayton

Over the last ten years dozens of nurses convicted of crimes from assault to diverting drugs have been granted active licenses from the state nursing board. Many of those nurses have no restrictions on their license. The State Nursing Board met on Thursday june 6, 2013 at 2829 University Ave. in Minneapolis.


In 2011, Leslie Anderson caught one of the nurses caring for her daughter Addison stealing the child’s pain medication.

Shirley Brekken, executive director of the Minnesota Board of Nursing, told a joint legislative hearing Wednesday the board’s authority had been limited in some cases by current law and a lack of timely reporting.

  • Minnesota nurses union calls for more scrutiny of discipline

    Article By: BRANDON STAHL , Star Tribune Publish November 15, 2013 2:00 AM / Update November 15, 2013 6:16 AM

    The state’s largest nursing union wants more scrutiny of nurse disciplinary practices, saying in a statement that “the illicit behavior by nurses and follow-up discipline by the Minnesota Board of Nursing” revealed in a series of stories by the Star Tribune is “undoubtedly devastating to patients and families.”

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Sue Qualick of North St. Paul stole painkillers from her employer, Regions Hospital, and said “it was really easy.”

A Minnesota Nursing Board meeting in June.

“They shouldn’t be in charge of caring for people,” Robert Bothun said of the two nurses who left the room while his mother, Elda, was having a heart attack.