HCTW news brief: CA nursing board fired following allegations of incompetence

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, July 17, 2009

Most of the members of the California Board of Registered Nursing were fired by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday following reports that potentially dangerous nurses continued to work in the state after being accused of egregious misconduct.

The Los Angeles Times published a long-term investigation on July 11—conducted in collaboration with Pro Publica, a non-profit news organization—that revealed it took the board an average of 1,254 days to investigate, discipline, and close complaints against nurses, a far longer average time than in other states. For example, in Ohio the average is 90 days, and in Arizona the average is 197 days.

The investigation examined all cases of nurses in California who had faced disciplinary action between 2002 and 2008. It found that the board failed to act against nurses whose misconduct had already been documented and sanctioned by others. More than 120 nurses who were suspended or fired by employers, or restricted from practice by other licensing boards or other states, have blemish-free records with the nursing board.

Source: The Leader's Lounge: A nursing blog from

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