A recent article in the Dayton Daily News reveals the disturbing news that nurses who are facing professional misconduct charges in the state may still be practicing nursing because of a massive complaint backlog. Complaints have been skyrocketing so that the Ohio Board of Nursing has been taking up to a year or more to hold a hearing to evaluate the charges against nurses and decide whether to take away their licenses.
The previous two posts discussed the alarming news that many nurses in Ohio who are facing charges of abuse and neglect and other misconduct may continue to practice nursing for up to a year or more before they face a formal disciplinary hearing. This means that nurses who deserve to have their license taken away may be continuing to put vulnerable patients in harm's way.
As discussed in the previous post, complaints against nurses in Ohio have skyrocketed in recent years, which has led to a huge backlog of disciplinary investigations for the Ohio Board of Nursing. The backlog has grown as complaints for abusive or substandard nursing care have continued to rise.
You may not know it, but the nurse taking care of you or your family member right now in Ohio may be facing disciplinary action. Due to a significant delay in the investigation process, nurses facing complaints and disciplinary action can continue to practice nursing for more than a year after complaints are filed and investigations begin.
As discussed in the previous post, a bill currently sitting in committee in the Ohio Senate is causing a debate between emergency room doctors and medical malpractice attorneys who represent people injured by medical mistakes.
A bill currently in committee in the Ohio Senate has sparked a showdown between providers of emergency medical care and lawyers representing patients who were injured by medical mistakes made during the emergency care they received.
More Ohio doctors' clipboards will soon be replaced with electronic tablets, thanks to $53 million in federal stimulus funds. A statewide electronic health record system will eventually be part of a national system. Many say the new health record databases will improve patient care and reduce errors leading to malpractice claims, while others worry about privacy and security.