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Continued: Measure cracking down on problem nurses goes to Dayton

  • Article by: BRANDON STAHL , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 16, 2014 - 9:45 PM

The Legislature also authorized its auditor to examine whether the Nursing Board and the state monitoring program are adequately protecting patients. That report should be completed before the beginning of the next session.

“I’m sure we’ll be revisiting this next year to see if the reforms have worked, and to look at the board based on what the [legislative auditor] tells us,” Liebling said.

The Senate sponsor of the bill, Sen. Kathy Sheran, DFL-Mankato, said she wanted to wait for the auditor’s report before proposing additional legislation.

The legislation that was passed on Thursday also enjoyed support from the Minnesota Nurses Assocation, the state’s largest nursing union. Although last year, the MNA accused the Star Tribune of waging a smear campaign against nurses, the union on Friday praised the legislation.

“Its measures will help enhance the protection of patients,” the MNA said, “and it rightfully treats substance use disorder as a chronic, manageable disease.”

 

Brandon Stahl • 612-673-4626

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