Iowa Wants FBI To Check Fingerprints Of Doctors, Nurses

  1. Some doctors are unhappy with a plan being pushed by state regulators to have the FBI check fingerprints of all new Iowa doctors, nurses and dentists.



    Leah McWilliams, executive director of the Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association, said it's an unnecessary burden. McWilliams said there's no evidence that Iowa has been or will become a haven for bad doctors.

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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   prettynred68
    why shouldn't they be? it should be a common practice in the medical field. doctors and nurses hold alot of power, they should not have anything to hide.
  4. by   Destinystar
    It will prevent MD's from comitting a crime in one state then opening up shop in another.
  5. by   redheadindixie
    "Some doctors are unhappy with a plan being pushed by state regulators to have the FBI check fingerprints of all new Iowa doctors, nurses and dentists. "


    I am not totally against it, but it is a hassle. I did it for a California Liscense.

    They do a background check anyhow, so it seems a little excessive.

    And what about teachers? They have the possibility for abuse also.
    And the Medics and CNAs.
    Last edit by redheadindixie on Jun 20, '04
  6. by   rjflyn
    When I applied for endorsement in New Mexico a couple years ago I had to send in two sets of prints one for the state the second to the FBI took at minimum 6 weeks for them to get the results. Alot of states are going to background checks with prints personally if you dont have anything to hide whats the big deal

    Rj
  7. by   redheadindixie
    Quote from rjflyn
    When I applied for endorsement in New Mexico a couple years ago I had to send in two sets of prints one for the state the second to the FBI took at minimum 6 weeks for them to get the results. Alot of states are going to background checks with prints personally if you dont have anything to hide whats the big deal

    Rj
    Well, I said I had done it before, so obviously I don't have anything to hide.
    But if they do a background check anyhow, which included transcripts from my nursing college, and driver license check, ss# check, and BON check and other checks, it just seems like alot. If you have EVER been charged with something it should show up with these checks.
    Six weeks is a long wait, and it was a hassle to get to the county court house between certain hours on certain days and get it done.
    Since it was the first time I had ever been printed, I guess they will be able to identify my body if I turn up dead. I have never committed a crime, so for me it seemed invasive.
    Purchasing a gun was alot less invasive.

    I just think if they are going to do them on nurses, include other caretakers also.
    And if my job is so important that I need FBI clearance, I need a raise
  8. by   mattsmom81
    Texas is now requiring this (for nurses anyway) . It is a timeconsuming process and a hassle for nurses who are moving to the state from another, I hear. But I guess in this day and age it it is probably necessary to stop criminal nurses from jumping state lines and getting away with it.

    I'm one who doesn't like 'big brother' in my life more than he already is though.
  9. by   Dixiedi
    Quote from redheadindixie
    Well, I said I had done it before, so obviously I don't have anything to hide.
    But if they do a background check anyhow, which included transcripts from my nursing college, and driver license check, ss# check, and BON check and other checks, it just seems like alot. If you have EVER been charged with something it should show up with these checks.
    Six weeks is a long wait, and it was a hassle to get to the county court house between certain hours on certain days and get it done.
    Since it was the first time I had ever been printed, I guess they will be able to identify my body if I turn up dead. I have never committed a crime, so for me it seemed invasive.
    Purchasing a gun was alot less invasive.

    I just think if they are going to do them on nurses, include other caretakers also.
    And if my job is so important that I need FBI clearance, I need a raise
    All the things yo mention can be manufactured, stolen, etc. Even the license you are planning to use to work with! A fingerprint, on the other hand can not be stolen.
    My agency required fingerprints as do many facilities and other agencies in the area. I had to have them done 3 times before they got a usable set. (You know we recently bought a very old house in much need and aside from wearing gloves all the time at work to protect myself and kids kids, it was impossible to get usable prints with all the cuts, rips and dry callouses on my fingers!) Anyway, it's as much for your prtection as any. When's the last time you actually eyeballed your license? Is it where you put it? Did you loose it? Is someone else trying to use your license? It can and does happen very frequently.
  10. by   caroladybelle
    Oh, Heck.

    Why not screen our DNA..that is more accurate than prints?
  11. by   deathnurse
    Why not? Got somethin' to hide?

    On the one hand, they've got a right to "protect" the public, but on the other hand you've got a right to be paranoid.

    I don't like the idea of "guilty until proven innocent" but I've worked with some real jerks out there, nurses and doctors both.

    I'd like to administer a mandatory IQ test to a couple of women I work with.
  12. by   caroladybelle
    I would have no problem IF:

    they would share the info among all of the states and give us a national license.

    It is the BS of going though all of this crap every single state and every single hospital that you go to. And you get charged EVERY time for the same info.

    I know UK nurses that had to get fingerprinted 4 and 5 times..to come in the country, ...for the FL license for the hospital, etal. And everytime that they change jobs, they go though it again, wasting their time/money and the government's time/money

    If we are such a potential danger..then it only makes sense to have a NATIONAL registry, not do this state by state and hospital by hospital.

    If it is not that important , don't do it at all.

    And as fingerprints are not an exact enough science, do a DNA print.

    But do it once and let all get their info from the same source.
  13. by   mattsmom81
    Great points Caroladybelle...ITA. Why not let nurses benefit in some way from all this scrutiny.
  14. by   redheadindixie
    Quote from Dixiedi
    All the things yo mention can be manufactured, stolen, etc. Even the license you are planning to use to work with! A fingerprint, on the other hand can not be stolen.
    My agency required fingerprints as do many facilities and other agencies in the area. I had to have them done 3 times before they got a usable set. (You know we recently bought a very old house in much need and aside from wearing gloves all the time at work to protect myself and kids kids, it was impossible to get usable prints with all the cuts, rips and dry callouses on my fingers!) Anyway, it's as much for your prtection as any. When's the last time you actually eyeballed your license? Is it where you put it? Did you loose it? Is someone else trying to use your license? It can and does happen very frequently.
    My license is in my wallet, so I eyeballed it today.
    OK I give.. LOL ~ Donna hold's out hands to be fingerprinted~.

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