Report 2016-046 Recommendation 10 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 #10 To: Registered Nursing, Board of

To increase its pool of expert witnesses, by June 2017, BRN should take the steps necessary to increase the hourly wage it pays expert witnesses.

6-Month Agency Response

The BRN has contacted three other healing arts boards, Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians, Medical Board of California and Board of Psychology, to determine an average Expert Practice Consultant wage to be paid per hour.

On January 6, 2017, BRN completed a report of expert hours by profession in order to project the overall impact to the BRN budget.

The BRN would like to increase the expert fee to $100 for RNs, $125 for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN), $150 for psychologists and $200 for Psychiatrists, effective July 1, 2018. The Board is actively working to identify resources to allow it to implement these increased costs.

  • Estimated Completion Date: July 2018
  • Response Date: June 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending

60-Day Agency Response

BRN has benchmarked the hourly rate for expert witnesses of three other healing arts boards (e.g. BVNPT, MBC and Psychology) to determine an average hourly wage.

BRN staff proposes raising the rate for all expert witnesses to include the following: $75 to $100 per hour for RNs, $125 to $150 for psychologists, and $175 to $200 per hour for psychiatrists. A proposal will be submitted in or about April 2017 in accordance with the budget cycle.

  • Estimated Completion Date: June 2017
  • Response Date: February 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending

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Agency responses received are posted verbatim.