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Problem nurses, lax oversight leave patients at risk

In a continuing investigation into failed oversight of California's health professionals, ProPublica and The Los Angeles Times found the California Board of Registered Nursing, responsible for the oversight of 350,000 nurses, "often takes years to act on complaints of egregious misconduct, leaving nurses accused of wrongdoing free to practice without restrictions." An analysis of the board's own statistics showed that the investigation and discipline of problem nurses takes an average of three years. The article profiles several patients who suffered under the care of negligent nurses who continued working despite complaints having been filed with the Board of Registered Nursing.

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