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Sheran and Rep. Tina Liebling, DFL-Rochester, chairwoman of the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee, said they will ask Brekken to testify at a joint hearing of both committees.
They said they will also ask the Legislative Auditor to examine the Nursing Board and other health professional licensing boards with a similar approach to discipline.
“I expect there will be a number of findings and suggestions for change,” Sheran said.
“We need to understand more about how they strike this balance between protecting the public and making sure that people who can be rehabilitated and practice safely under certain conditions, that they monitor those conditions,” Liebling said. “There is a balance to be struck there.”
Brekken said she welcomed the chance to testify at a hearing and participate in the audit, saying she initially proposed it to Gov. Mark Dayton.
The governor said in an Oct. 4 interview that “it would appear the board is more interested in protecting bad nurses than the public.”
Dayton’s spokesman, Matt Swenson, said Friday that “pursuing an [Office of the Legislative Auditor] review is an appropriate next step and one the governor strongly supports.”
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