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Nurses Charged in Deaths of 12 Nursing Home Residents

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Three nurses have been charged with manslaughter and tampering with evidence in the deaths of 12 nursing home residents. The charges come after a 2 year criminal investigation and more arrests are expected. You are reading page 6 of Nurses Charged in Deaths of 12 Nursing Home Residents. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

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1 minute ago, It'sYaGirlK said:

That is a scary thought

That is the mission of every.single.board. If you have not read the Nurse Practice Act of your state I would highly recommend it. There is a reason why we have to take a test and petition the state (the public's proxy) to serve them as nurses. 

The fact that our boards, and the profession at large, have maintained this view is largely one of the reasons why nursing is the most trusted and ethical professions in the world. When governing bodies start protecting the profession they were created to govern you get things like the police (not to pick on them) who instinctively claim no wrongdoing regardless of the evidence. We are better than the police, when we investigate ourselves you can be assured the outcome is not predetermined. 

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2 minutes ago, Asystole RN said:

If you have not read the Nurse Practice Act of your state I would highly recommend it.

I’m on it

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It is a common misconception that nurses have - not understanding the purpose of nursing regulation and the mission of the licensing boards.

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2 hours ago, It'sYaGirlK said:

That is a scary thought

That is the plight of all BONs. They aren’t established for nurses, they are for the public. HOWEVER, if they really wanted to protect the public they would all be pushing for legislation that requires better staffing ratios.

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Again, not their mission.  The board only looks at the performance of individual nurses, not at politics.

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34 minutes ago, KalipsoRed21 said:

That is the plight of all BONs. They aren’t established for nurses, they are for the public. HOWEVER, if they really wanted to protect the public they would all be pushing for legislation that requires better staffing ratios.

What makes you think they generally do not?

Now to be fair they are generally gubernatorial appointees so they do have to support their administration's policies and generally not cause too many waves but I am not aware of any board that openly opposed reasonable legislation. 

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On 9/3/2019 at 11:36 AM, Asystole RN said:

What makes you think they generally do not?

Now to be fair they are generally gubernatorial appointees so they do have to support their administration's policies and generally not cause too many waves but I am not aware of any board that openly opposed reasonable legislation. 

Because if their mission is to make sure the public is safe, and their is like a TON of evidence based articles demonstrating the poor out comes for patients when nurses ratios get to high, AND there is a recommendation from the ANA on what the ratios should be, then all of their judgments on nurses should first be based on if the ratios are appropriate. If there are articles upon articles demonstrating how nurses fail when ratios are high, then any nurse complaint brought to the board should be nulled if the nurse to patient ratio was not at the recommended level. We have scientific proof that increased misses and death occur in patients when the ratios are to high, how can they possibly make an accurate judgement as to if that nurse was practicing poorly or if s/he was overwhelmed and it was a slip through if the ratios are not at the recommended levels to keep the patients safe?

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Nursing boards do consider all factors related to a specific complaint - including staffing, orientation, etc. but they are not going to "null" complaints about the unsafe practice of a particular nurse. They will consider all circumstances but it is not their role to dismiss cases based upon ANA recommendations or studies. 

 

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1 hour ago, EdieBrous said:

Nursing boards do consider all factors related to a specific complaint - including staffing, orientation, etc. but they are not going to "null" complaints about the unsafe practice of a particular nurse. They will consider all circumstances but it is not their role to dismiss cases based upon ANA recommendations or studies. 

 

That’s just a lot of excuses not to act if you ask me. Very basic things will get missed and I highly doubt as retarded as judgments that I have read by several BONs are that they would rule in the nurses favor if she had to many patients and missed something ‘simple’. Which, to me, defeats the purpose of protecting the public from a ‘bad nurse”. It reminds me of a Facebook page post I recently read stating something like, “Nurses aren’t running around like crazy because they are competing against each other for the Daisy award. They are doing it in hopes of not being “the one” who missed something important.” I feel this is a pretty common feeling, especially in facility and hospital nursing. There is nothing professional about playing hit potato with people’s lives then having a BON judge those who dropped it as incompetent. That is just stupid.

So respectfully, I don’t feel that any BON is doing their job to protect the public appropriately. I get that they aren’t here to boost nurses, or be political, or protect nurses, but they aren’t protecting the public either.

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Again, common misunderstanding about the mission and role of the nursing board. Just go to any nursing board website and see what they do and don't do. 

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28 minutes ago, EdieBrous said:

Again, common misunderstanding about the mission and role of the nursing board. Just go to any nursing board website and see what they do and don't do. 

I don’t miss understand their mission. Their mission is not accomplishing anything worthy of having them exist in their current state.

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You are too cynical to have an actual conversation with about this. I was responding to the original post suggesting that the nursing board was supposed to intervene on behalf of the nurses and trying to correct that misunderstanding. You might feel differently about BON missions when you have a loved one harmed by a nurse who is unsafe, impaired, incompetent, or unethical.  Not all adverse events are related to staffing.

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