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California slow to investigate nurses with criminal backgrounds

Expanding on an article published in October, ProPublica's Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Times, have found that the California nursing board has been slow to revoke or suspend the licenses of registered nurses with criminal backgrounds in the state. The board relies upon nurses to report their own criminal backgrounds. Even in cases where nurses did disclose past criminal charges, the board often took months or years to act on that information.

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