Under the headline “Bad Nurses Able To Keep Working In Other States,” USA Today (7/15, Weber, Ornstein) carries an article and interactive map by the independent reporting organization ProPublica that explain how nurses can slip from one state to another for work even if they have felony drug convictions.
The report opens with the case of a nurse who “was fired from a hospital in Wausau, Wis., in 2007 after stealing the powerful painkiller Dilaudid,” was convicted of felony drug charges, and later managed to “get a job as a traveling nurse at a hospital 1,200 miles away in New Bern, N.C.” According to ProPublica, this case “illustrates significant gaps in regulatory efforts nationwide” to keep track of nurses’ misconduct. The report examines applicable licensing issues and agreements that it says perpetuate the problem.
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