Star Tribune, December 6, 2013
The Minnesota Board of Nursing took steps on Thursday to strengthen its oversight of problem nurses, voting to speed up its disciplinary process and to ask the Legislature for more authority to investigate and punish violations. Meeting for the first time since the Star Tribune began publishing stories about its record of disciplining nurses, the Nursing Board identified at least 13 ways it could get tougher on nurses who harm patients, steal drugs or commit crimes. Most of the discussion was focused on seeking new power, despite recent criticism from Gov. Mark Dayton that they are failing to use the authority they already have.