Series: When nurses fail
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.
Gov. Mark Dayton
After meeting with board members, Gov. Mark Dayton agrees problems hinder discipline.
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.
It will get tougher on problem nurses in wake of Star Tribune series.
A Minnesota Nurses Association letter says that Star Tribune stories about discipline by the state unfairly tarnish all nurses.
With audit proposed, governor said board needs to change its culture regarding discipline.
In 2011, Leslie Anderson caught one of the nurses caring for her daughter Addison stealing the child’s pain medication.
Nurses with histories of drug use, crime or neglect obtain licenses and find jobs because of flaws in the state system of background checks.
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.
Legislative hearing gave officials a chance to rebut criticism as they sought help to stop problem nurses.
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.”
Star Tribune exclusive: The state will bar up to 107 nurses from direct patient care after being presented with records by the Star Tribune.
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.
Legislators call for hearings and audit into board’s disciplinary practices.
These five nurses are allowed to practice after board discipline:
“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.
State regulators say they protect the public with a closer watch on caregivers accused of misconduct. Those who lost loved ones want them to do more.