Study Finds that Many Licensed Nurses Have Previously Lost Their Licenses in Other States

As reported by the Associated Press and determined by the state board of nursing, thousands of registered nurses who were barred in other states for misconduct are now licensed to treat patients in another state. The Board of Registered Nursing has discovered that in just one state some 3,500 licensed nurses have previously lost their licenses to work in medicine in other states.

A spokesman for the department of consumer affairs estimates that 2,000 of those nurses were sanctioned elsewhere for serious violations, including abuse, neglect, drug use and other crimes. The state attorney general's office intends to assign two teams of attorneys to handle the cases of discipline which could result in many lost licenses.

The examination was prompted by a Los Angeles Times-ProPublica investigation last year which examined a national database and found many licensed California nurses had previous disciplinary action on their licenses in other states. As a result of the investigation, the board is proposing to replace its databases and hire  more investigators to look into the violations. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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