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In MN, nurses in trouble get second chances

Star Tribune, October 9, 2013

Records examined by the Star Tribune of more than 1,000 disciplinary actions by the Nursing Board over the past four years show that it tolerates or forgives misconduct that would end nursing careers in other states. Among The Star Tribune?s findings:

  • The board actively licenses more than 260 nurses since 2010 who have records of unsafe practice, including botched care that led to patient harm or even death.
  • Eighty-eight nurses are allowed to practice despite having been charged or convicted of crimes such as physical or sexual assault and drug thefts ? some against their own patients.
  • Getting fired for incompetence, even multiple times, rarely means Minnesota nurses lose their licenses.