- The Los Angeles Times and ProPublica analyzed the records of nearly 2,400 nurses who faced disciplinary action by the California Board of Registered Nursing between 2002 and September 2009.
- The data can be searched by name, year of disciplinary action, type of sanction, and reason for discipline. Within each record is a link to the board's public discipline file on that nurse, if it is available.
- To view all 2,369 nurses in this database, click here. There are several limitations to this database. Please email reporters [email protected] and [email protected] with any questions or concerns.
This data was last updated in December 2009. Statuses may have since changed. Check the California's Board of Registered Nursing license database for the most current license statuses.
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ProPublica and the Los Angeles Times identified nearly 300 California nurses disciplined since 2002 who had been sanctioned previously by another state. It took the California nursing board a median of 13 months to file public accusations against those whose licenses were first revoked, surrendered, denied or suspended by another state.
View these nurses' cases and all of the states that acted against them.
ProPublica and the Los Angeles Times identified nearly 100 nurses disciplined since 2002 who failed out of the nursing board's recovery program for impaired nurses and were considered so incorrigible that the board labeled them public safety threats or public risks. Even so, the label did not trigger immediate discipline nor was it immediately disclosed to the public. While the board pursued confidential investigations and cumbersome disciplinary action, some "public safety threats" continued to treat patients without constraint.
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Cases can bog down at many points in the disciplinary process and most of them happen outside the public's view. The chart below shows the distribution of cases by how much time passed between the initial filing of an accusation and the final imposition of discipline.
Other stages of case handling – including complaint processing, investigation and legal review – are not publicly disclosed for each nurse. When those earlier stages are included, the total length of time to discipline a nurse averaged more than 1,200 days, based on data from fiscal 2008.
To view a graphic detailing the path a complaint takes, click here.
Data last updated Dec. 26, 2009
- 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.