Sanctions against RNs have doubled since 2003 in Texas, many because of DWI

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    I read this at the site of KVUE, it’s sad and kind of shocking:

    A KVUE Defenders investigation uncovered a substantial increase in Texas nurses disciplined by the state and losing their licenses.

    Year after year, nursing ranks as the most trusted profession in the country, but even nurses make mistakes. [..] In 2003, the state sanctioned and revoked 1,090 licenses. Last year, it climbed to 2,025, an 85 percent increase.

    A guy from the Texas Board of Nursing said that’s still just “two percent of our population,” but isn’t that kind of a lot?

    “The Defenders discovered the state is citing them for one type of crime more than any other,” they say: “most nurses sanctioned by the state for committing crimes involved drugs or alcohol. Some were caught stealing prescriptions and others were arrested for DWI.”

    I know that our job is one of the hardest around and sometimes it all gets too much, but please, be careful with the drink! Not to mention stealing prescriptions, that’s just low.

    The article also says that the state’s registered nurse population “has increased 55 percent, from 176,757 in 2203 to 274,143 in 2015”. That’s huge. But isn’t that part of the problem? So many new nurses, with little experience and little history – hospitals and clinics have been recruiting nurses so quickly, maybe they’re not looking deeply enough into who they’re hiring? And at the same time you hear that experienced nurses are being laid off…

    What do you think about this? “While nurses can get in trouble for not reporting a DWI, the state still gives them a free pass on their first offense. “A single DWI. If that’s all a nurse ever did, that should not result in any disciplinary action,” said Johnson.” Is that the right way to go about it, or should there be a no-tolerance policy, like someone else in the article says?

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