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Minn. nurses board moves to step up sanctions

Minnesota Nurses Association
Minnesota Nurses Association

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The regulatory board for Minnesota nurses has voted to speed up its disciplinary process and seek authority from the Legislature to investigate and impose tougher sanctions.

Thursday's actions follow a series of Minneapolis Star Tribune reports revealing that nurses who harmed patients, stole drugs or lied about their criminal histories were allowed continue practicing. 

The 16-member board says it will meet more often to consider disciplinary cases and cut the time it takes to complete probes. It also hopes lawmakers will grant authority to sanction a nurse who has failed a state monitoring program for health care professionals with substance abuse or mental problems.

Licenses for 115,000 Minnesota nurses fall under board jurisdiction.