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How well does your state oversee nurses?

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Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber of ProPublica reported a series of stories about breakdowns in California's oversight, finding that the California Board of Registered Nursing took years to discipline nurses convicted of serious or multiple crimes and took more than three years, on average, to investigate and discipline errant nurses. They found numerous other problems and prompted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to replace the majority of the nursing board and pledge wholesale reform of all health licensing boards in the state after determining that they suffered from many of the same problems as the nursing board.

In this tip sheet, Ornstein and Weber share what they learned when reporting these stories to help other reporters evaluate how well other states oversee nurses.

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