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Continued: In Minnesota, nurses in trouble get second chances

  • Article by: BRANDON STAHL , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 6, 2013 - 10:29 PM

In an interview, Gillen said she hasn’t been able to get a job in nursing because she was disqualified from providing direct care by the state Department of Human Services. She said she hopes to get a job in health care that uses her nursing skills.

Gillen said she wasn’t surprised the board reinstated her license after she explained that the contact was consensual.

“The board did exactly what they should have done,” she said. “They must believe that people deserve second chances or make mistakes. I’m an intelligent, smart woman. I just made a bad personal choice.”

Graft could not be reached for comment.

Collins-Puoch said she had never been told before the two nurses were relicensed and that the Nursing Board never contacted her.

Her son has since been discharged from St. Peter, but Collins-Puoch said what the nurses had done to him made his recovery far more difficult.

“I’m shocked that they’re licensed,” she said.


Brandon Stahl • 612-673-4626


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