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

The Legislature should amend state law to require BRN to conduct investigations of complaints alleging substance abuse or mental illness against nurses who choose to enter the intervention program.

Description of Legislative Action

Legislation has not been implemented to address this recommendation. However, it should be noted that Senate Bill 799 (Hill, Chapter 520, Statutes of 2017) requires the California Research Bureau to prepare and deliver a report to the Legislature by January 1, 2019, that evaluates to what extent employers voluntarily report disciplined nurses to the board and that offers options for consistent and reasonable reporting mechanisms.

  • Legislative Action Current As-of: October 2017

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

All Recommendations in 2016-046