DC BON requiring agencies and hospitals to report firings for practice issues

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    see dc nurse dc nurse - volume 1, number 1 nov 2007

    practice or behavioral issues of concern
    to the board are those issues that can
    impact the safety and welfare of patients.
    issues of clinical incompetence, patient
    abuse, substance abuse and diversion and
    performance of acts outside of one’s legal
    scope of practice are examples of practice
    and behavioral concerns

    [color=#009aff]nurse staffing agencies

    new regulations for nurse staffing
    agencies which operate in the district go
    into effect on january 31, 2008. staffing
    agencies will be required to inform
    the board of nursing when an agency
    nurse has been fired from a temporary
    assignment for practice issues.

    [color=#009aff]health care facilities

    currently, d.c. regulations for hospitals
    require that administrators inform us when
    a nurse is dismissed for practice
    issues. many administrators are unaware
    of this requirement and therefore, this
    information is often not provided to the
    public or the board of nursing. this lack of
    information and inactivity does not serve
    the best interest of the citizens of the
    district of columbia

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