As a DON who previously worked at homes in MN, I reported my fair share of nurses to the BON. Only one nurse ever lost her license for my report and that was due to stealing narcs. Two nurses were identified (and proven) of not giving a tube feeder their meds consistently over a period of months. One nurse who had taken off a month and hospitalized for a mental breakdown (not told to management), came back to work and a week later during her shift did not pass any meds, did no charting, called other floors for help (she had 14 residents), upset residents with her behavior that some discharged the following day and the BON did nothing with any of these. All were fired from the facility. This is just a small example. BUT, on the otherhand, if a nurse is delinquent on her taxes or has a disorderly conduct, the license is suspended. Just no common sense with the BON in MN.
In the meantime, now that I travel adn do consulting and temp DON work, I get to see what goes on outside the area. In Kentucky, a nurse is sitting in prison for 9 years for manslaughter. He was told a coupel times by a CNA that a resident had achange of condition. He did not go check the resdident until a couple of hours later. The resident was a Full Code on a rehab unit. WHen he finally went to check, the resident had expired. He did not do CPR. he later stated as his excuse was that the resident was old. Go figure.