Nevada may become the first state in the nation to require periodic examinations of doctors to test their competency.
Las Vegas Sun, March 24, 2003
Mar 26, '03
Well, I don't know about you, but I'd probably not pass a NCLEX test right now, some 10+ years after having taken it. Primarily because I've not been doing med-surg most of that time.
And since the last I heard (very recently) Nevada has a shortage of MDs already, as it has of RNs, this seems like a counter-productive step.
Basically Nevada is saying that since the legislature does not have the clout/courage/whatever to offend the legal lobby by enacting a cap on malpractice settlements, it is trying to go after the docs instead, through the Board of Medical Examiners.
From what I have observed in the California legislature, IMHO this is simply a lightly-disguised way of state representatives' gaining more "assistance" from the medical lobby, in order to drop this idea and/or the BOME doing a CYA to protect itself from even more draconian legislation.
When done outside the realm of politics, this is called a "protection racket."
Last edit by sjoe on Mar 26, '03