Hospitals would have to report nurses and other licensed practitioners who violate professional standards of care to state licensing boards and a federal databank under a bill introduced by Sens. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Jon Corzine (D-N.J.). Healthcare employers could check the federal databank for actions against their employees. The database also would include criminal information submitted by states. The bill is a response to the case of New Jersey nurse Charles Cullen, who may have killed as many as 40 patients but secured several new jobs despite previous employers' concerns about him. Modern Healthcare reported in January that the bill was being developed. -- by Jeff Tieman
Bill would set up database on actions against nurses
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