NY Lawmakers Consider Tighter Regulation of Nurses

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Source: Syracuse.com

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- State legislators are considering tightening regulation of nurses after a ProPublica investigation found New York does less than other states to check nurses' criminal backgrounds and is often slow to discipline nurses for lapses in care.

Nurses are regulated by the state Education Department. ProPublica reported Deborah Glick, who chairs the state Assembly's Committee on Higher Education, has asked the Education Department to determine what powers it needs to better oversee the profession.

"We've been having conversations about background checks and fingerprinting," Glick told ProPublica, an investigative journalism website. She said potential solutions would require action by the state Legislature.

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