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Nurse Listing: Public Safety Threats

The following 96 nurses were terminated from the nursing board's recovery program for impaired nurses and were labeled public safety threats because their violations were considered severe. The chart below shows when each nurse was terminated from the diversion program and labeled a threat, as well as how many days it took the nursing board to file an administrative accusation against the nurse. The chart includes two nurses who faced disciplinary action for the first time in 2009.

Nurses were excluded from this list if the board did not explicitly call them a public risk or public safety threat in their accusations or if the board did not include a date for the action.

There are several limitations to this database.

Name Date Terminated
from Diversion
Days Elapsed Accusation Filed Decision Date Decision
Scott, Roberta J. 12/11/03 1,706 8/12/08 9/27/09 Probation
Wheaton, Laura Lynn 5/20/05 1,425 4/14/09 Accusation Pending
Bostic, Debra Lee 11/20/04 1,396 9/16/08 Accusation Pending
Roddy, Teresa 4/30/04 1,342 1/2/08 6/18/08 Revoked
Lawler, Susan Marie 2/22/05 1,179 5/16/08 Accusation Pending
Volenec, Melanie M. 7/8/04 1,154 9/5/07 7/29/08 Surrendered
Fahrni, Tiffany Renea 12/7/05 1,126 1/6/09 12/18/09 Revoked
Soued, Toni 7/22/04 1,118 8/14/07 4/21/08 Revoked
Gish, Aerika 6/19/02 1,069 5/23/05 11/25/05 Revoked
Whitney, Jennifer Christine 12/29/04 1,028 10/23/07 7/7/08 Revoked
Ferea, Rebecca Grace 3/26/06 897 9/8/08 7/2/09 Probation
Wilk, Mary Ann 12/20/01 873 5/11/04 4/27/06 Revoked
Stump, Susan Michele 7/29/04 873 12/19/06 4/25/08 Probation
Wells, Catherine June 6/23/05 869 11/9/07 12/18/08 Surrendered
McMordie, Colleen M. 2/23/05 842 6/15/07 9/18/08 Probation
Gonzalez, Magda 4/19/06 834 7/31/08 Accusation Pending
Rouchleau, Jennifer Ann 3/30/06 824 7/1/08 Accusation Pending
Nordfelt, Ray Allan 8/31/04 821 11/30/06 6/11/07 Probation
Matcham (Engell), Jennifer Lynn 9/7/04 800 11/16/06 7/2/07 Probation
Frank, Edith Jenean 1/8/00 796 3/14/02 11/24/02 Surrendered
Herlong, Kathy R. 6/28/04 787 8/24/06 6/15/07 Surrendered
Couvertier, Patricia Ann 4/6/00 783 5/29/02 7/4/03 Probation
Bigley, Karla Ann 1/13/05 768 2/20/07 8/25/07 Revoked
Mora, Kathleen Joan 8/16/07 761 9/15/09 Accusation Pending
Womack, Maria G. 8/14/07 728 8/11/09 Accusation Pending
Dix, Gina Lynn 11/14/02 718 11/1/04 7/18/05 Probation
Barber, Lisa M. 4/11/02 711 3/22/04 10/22/04 Revoked
Ekelius, Anette H. 2/28/02 686 1/15/04 8/30/04 Revoked
Patterson, Carol Marie 6/14/05 680 4/25/07 1/29/09 Suspension/Probation
De Roque, Jennifer Beth 6/6/00 651 3/19/02 1/22/03 Surrendered
Hankinson, Kimberlly 3/17/05 631 12/8/06 1/28/08 Probation
Pence, Andrea Lee 1/19/07 628 10/8/08 4/27/09 Revoked
Pravel, Jane Ann 6/10/03 611 2/10/05 12/19/05 Probation
Kinney, Joseph T. 8/3/07 598 3/23/09 10/30/09 Revoked
Peterson, Phyllis J. 8/5/02 597 3/24/04 6/3/05 Surrendered
Kirkpatrick, Elvia Cecilia 9/14/07 556 3/23/09 Accusation Pending
Murray, Cliff Lowden 12/5/02 546 6/3/04 2/28/05 Revoked
Iaquinto, Karen Mortiboy 2/15/08 543 8/11/09 Accusation Pending
Smith, Johanna R. 2/8/06 541 8/3/07 12/18/08 Probation
Davis, Mary Kathryn 2/2/08 535 7/21/09 Accusation Pending
Gott, Bianca Leigh 1/31/06 521 7/6/07 3/21/08 Surrendered
Obertrifter, Mary D. 9/11/03 518 2/10/05 3/9/06 Probation
Messick, Karen Diane Alison 7/5/07 510 11/26/08 9/1/09 Surrendered
Matheny, Chad Edward 4/14/06 490 8/17/07 Accusation Pending
Dobbs, Deborah 1/28/05 482 5/25/06 10/2/06 Surrendered
Pitchford, Rosalind Y. 4/27/06 476 8/16/07 12/24/07 Surrendered
Briones, Deborah Starr 12/12/03 462 3/18/05 9/6/05 Revoked
Larson, Joseph Martin 6/16/03 459 9/17/04 7/22/05 Probation
Luciani, Kelly Louise 7/22/01 456 10/21/02 8/12/04 Surrendered
Callaway, Kevin Congrave 8/11/04 454 11/8/05 12/7/06 Probation
Murphy, Cary Ann 2/15/05 447 5/8/06 12/18/06 Probation
Whipple, Katherine Leigh 5/25/06 435 8/3/07 3/15/08 Surrendered
Doyle, Margaret Therese 7/17/08 406 8/27/09 Accusation Pending
Wilson, Shelley O. 3/4/04 404 4/12/05 6/16/06 Probation
Antonini (Burkholder), Kelly 1/31/03 402 3/8/04 2/26/05 Surrendered
Stewart, Lavon Ann 7/10/07 402 8/15/08 Accusation Pending
Farrell, Shannon 8/31/07 389 9/23/08 8/6/09 Revoked
McCray, Cynthia Ann 10/18/01 385 11/7/02 8/12/04 Probation
Robinson, Laura Lee 9/30/05 364 9/29/06 3/24/08 Suspension/Probation
Brown, Regina Colleen 7/20/07 332 6/16/08 11/10/08 Revoked
Rice, Judith Spencer 9/12/02 329 8/7/03 3/31/04 Probation
Lacambra, Sarah E. 4/4/06 324 2/22/07 12/17/07 Probation
Curiel, Claudia Ivette 6/12/07 316 4/23/08 1/5/09 Probation
Orella, Lori H. 9/18/01 303 7/18/02 5/17/03 Probation
Childress, Kathleen Janice 10/20/05 294 8/10/06 4/15/07 Probation
Bishop, Yvonne Maureen 9/12/07 293 7/1/08 6/28/09 Revoked
Cruz, Ronald James 11/1/06 286 8/14/07 6/2/09 Surrendered
Stalsworth, Bryan Philip 7/17/08 285 4/28/09 10/30/09 Revoked
Stell, Gail Landress 9/6/07 284 6/16/08 12/17/09 Surrendered
Coleman, Tina Marie 8/14/07 250 4/20/08 11/10/08 Probation
Valinoti, Patricia Jean 1/3/08 249 9/8/08 6/22/09 Surrendered
Carson, Laura Lee 2/14/08 239 10/10/08 9/30/09 Surrendered
Neeley, Michael Duane 4/8/02 238 12/2/02 7/3/03 Surrendered
Morrison, Susan Kay 6/1/07 238 1/25/08 12/29/08 Surrendered
Vanciel, Nancy E. 10/30/01 224 6/11/02 2/10/04 Probation
Dorman, David 9/14/07 219 4/20/08 10/5/08 Revoked
Sepulveda, Melissa M. 11/21/07 216 6/24/08 1/2/09 Revoked
Smith, Chantel Michael 12/29/06 214 7/31/07 7/8/09 Revoked
Currier, Melony J. 9/11/06 196 3/26/07 4/28/08 Suspension/Probation
Biswell, Jonna L. 9/25/08 194 4/7/09 10/30/09 Revoked
Perez, Karin Nicole 12/15/05 193 6/26/06 1/15/07 Suspension/Probation
Huang, Anna W. 11/30/06 186 6/4/07 8/25/08 Revoked
Phillips, Steven Ross 4/7/07 171 9/25/07 3/20/09 Suspension/Probation
Weber, Johanna Marie 4/8/09 142 8/28/09 Accusation Pending
Masse, Robin Jeanne 12/2/08 141 4/22/09 Accusation Pending
Aycock, Timothy Dale 7/9/04 137 11/23/04 7/18/05 Revoked
Browne, Michele 4/3/07 133 8/14/07 6/15/08 Suspension/Probation
Allen, Nicholas Paul 2/23/07 124 6/27/07 11/18/07 Revoked
Bohannon, Heather Megan 10/20/08 120 2/17/09 9/10/09 Revoked
Quijada, Jennifer Renee 1/3/07 105 4/18/07 7/31/08 Surrendered
Williams, Mona Lee 9/30/08 104 1/12/09 7/8/09 Revoked
Kohl, Catherine 4/4/06 101 7/14/06 7/12/07 Revoked
Delce, Tawana La Tecia 9/8/08 93 12/10/08 9/30/09 Surrendered
Muniz, Rebecca Marie 11/20/07 79 2/7/08 10/16/08 Surrendered
Baker, Diane Gail 3/8/02 68 5/15/02 9/19/03 Probation
Lopez, David John 7/31/09 55 9/24/09 Accusation Pending

Data last updated Dec. 26, 2009

Please note there are several limitations to the database:
  • This database includes nurses who faced disciplinary action between 2002 and September 2009, as well as any subsequent actions against these nurses. .
  • Employers and patients seeking verification of a nurse’s license should use the Web site of the Board of Registered Nursing.
  • Multiple nurses may have the same name, but each has a unique license number.
  • The information on the database is based on the Web site of the Board of Registered Nursing and state documents. In some cases, the Web site and documents conflict; in such cases, reporters used dates included in the board’s documents.
  • Documents for some cases are missing from the site in whole or in part.
  • The database does not include discipline against nurses meted out as a condition of being licensed. Such discipline is only included if the nurse subsequently faced board action.
  • The grounds listed for discipline in this database are based on the board’s public allegations against the nurses. Because accusations are sometimes written in an unclear or inconsistent manner, reporters did not try to guess the intent.
  • This database includes discipline against some nurses who have subsequently died. The board has removed many of these nurses from its Web site. They are included here because they faced disciplinary action during the period examined.

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