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Governor fires Nursing Board members

Posted Jul 21 2009 10:46pm
On July 14, 20009, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger replaced most members of the state Board of Registered Nursing on Monday, citing the unacceptable time it takes to discipline nurses accused of egregious misconduct.

He fired three of six sitting board members -- including President Susanne Phillips -- in two-paragraph letters curtly thanking them for their service. Another member resigned Sunday. Late Monday, the governor's administration released a list of replacements.

The shake-up came a day after The Times and the nonprofit news organization ProPublica published an investigation finding that it takes the board, which oversees 350,000 licensees, an average of three years and five months to investigate and close complaints against nurses..."

We will have to watch for what the fallout/impact/repercussions will be at other nursing boards. I hope the other states do not overreact to the problems in California because there must be balance for regulation to be effective.
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