Report 2016-046 Recommendation Responses

Report 2016-046: Board of Registered Nursing: Significant Delays and Inadequate Oversight of the Complaint Resolution Process Have Allowed Some Nurses Who May Pose a Risk to Patient Safety to Continue Practicing (Release Date: December 2016)

Recommendation for Legislative Action

To ensure that BRN receives timely and consistent notification of nurses' alleged violations of the Nursing Act, the Legislature should require the employers of registered nurses to report to BRN the suspension, termination, or resignation of any registered nurse due to alleged violations of the Nursing Act.

Description of Legislative Action

Senate Bill 799 (Hill, Chapter 520, Statutes of 2017) authorizes BRN to investigate at its discretion complaints against registered nurses participating in the intervention program, and prohibits disciplinary action with regard to acts committed before or during participation in the intervention program, unless the registered nurse withdraws or is terminated from the intervention program.

  • Legislative Action Current As-of: October 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Partially Implemented

All Recommendations in 2016-046