Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Fingerprinting a must for nurses in California

The California Board of Registered Nursing is now requiring all licensed nurses, including Filipinos working in the US state to submit fingerprints. This act was implemented after the result of the investigation of LA Times and Propublica, a nonprofit investigative news organization, revealed that some violators can still renew their nursing permits.

The California Board of Registered Nursing announced that, “effective immediately, upon renewal of an RN license, the Board will require licensees to indicate if they have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony during the last renewal period.”

Nurses are also obliged to report convictions even if they have been dismissed, reduced, or expunged. Violation of Section 11368 of the Health and Safety Code, ay ganunwhich is the Generation and Use of Forged or Altered Prescription and all traffic violations (omit traffic infractions under $300) involving alcohol, drugs, injury to persons, or providing false information must be reported.

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