Rhode Island: Nursing Board Tracker

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

Contact Info

Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education

105 Cannon Building
Three Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908

Phone: 401.222.5700
Fax: 401.222.3352
Online: http://www.health.ri.gov/
Contact Person: Pamela McCue, MS, RN, Executive Officer

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? Yes
In publicly available national database? Yes

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 Rhode Island 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
41 33 32 29 21 26 25 22 24 25
See the numbers for every state's serious disciplinary actions

Actions, by Year and Type

Year Revocations Probation Suspension Voluntary
1999 2 29 5 5 N/A
2000 1 23 5 4 N/A
2001 1 16 5 10 N/A
2002 4 13 5 7 N/A
2003 3 8 2 8 N/A
2004 2 14 5 5 N/A
2005 1 8 11 5 N/A
2006 0 13 4 5 N/A
2007 0 10 9 5 N/A
2008 0 10 3 12 N/A

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

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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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