Mississippi: Nursing Board Tracker

This page has information and updates on nursing boards and regulation specific to Mississippi. Read our recipe for investigating nursing boards' oversight.

Contact Info

Mississippi Board of Nursing

1080 River Oaks Drive
Flowood, MS 39232

Phone: 601.664.9303
Fax: 601.664.9304
Online: http://www.msbn.state.ms.us/
Contact Person: Melinda E. Rush, DSN, FNP, Executive Director

ProPublica Analysis: Access to License Info

Does this state allow users to look up nurses licenses for free online? Yes
Does this state provide free disciplinary documents online? No
In publicly available national database? Yes
  • License lookup page
  • How to request records: To verify a license online, you need a nurse's last name and either his/her license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number. Disciplinary documents can be requested by clicking "more information" on a nurse's license verification page. The board charges $20 for copies of each disciplinary order.
  • Lists of nurses disciplined since 1998

Serious Disciplinary Actions

States are required to report sanctions against health providers to the federal government. Below are the number of serious actions against registered nurses that Mississippi reported in recent years, based on a ProPublica analysis of data from the Health Resources and Services Administration (see caveats).

Actions, Cumulative by Year

1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
120 122 172 108 85 64 83 108 47 93
See the numbers for every state's serious disciplinary actions

Actions, by Year and Type

Year Revocations Probation Suspension Voluntary
1999 31 54 4 30 1
2000 15 62 4 40 1
2001 30 100 5 34 3
2002 24 49 2 33 0
2003 24 30 1 30 0
2004 13 11 5 35 0
2005 27 21 1 32 2
2006 25 37 2 43 1
2007 13 3 0 30 1
2008 42 0 0 48 3

Note on the Data

This data should not be used to compare one state against another, because it may not be accurate and it is not adjusted for the number of nurses in each state. Another caution: Since September 2009, some states may have gone back and entered old actions they took against nurses. Check with each state before using these figures in a story.

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Charlie-tracy-100px Podcast: Reporters Charlie Ornstein and Tracy Weber discuss their reporting on delinquent nurses.

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Our Recipe: Investigate Your State's Oversight of Health Care Professionals

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Editor's Note: Why We're Sharing Our Recipe

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Chart: Serious Actions Reported Nationwide

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When Caregivers Harm - Our complete coverage of flawed regulation of healthcare workers California and nationwide

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National Database Flawed - A long-awaited federal database of disciplined healthcare workers had significant gaps in records. Following our investigation found, the database's management team was replaced.

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Tracking Nurses Nationwide - This interactive map and chart shows the state of nursing records access nationwide.

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California Discipline Delayed - Our analysis found that California took three years, on average, to discipline errant nurses. After our report, most of the board and its executive officer either resigned or were removed.

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Database of Sanctioned California Nurses - We assembled a database of nearly 2,400 California registered nurses facing discipline between 2002 and Sept. 2009. We also analyzed the gap in time between the board's public accusation and disciplinary decision.


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