Tennessee's Board of Nursing Under Fire in Handling of Disciplinary Cases

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating whether lawmakers and the Tennessee Department of Health had a hand in the state board of nursing's decision to reverse three nurses' suspension, according to a Tennessean news report.

According to the news report, three nurses — Bobby D. Reynolds, Tina Killebrew and David Stout — were suspended last year for allegedly overprescribing prescription drugs. Rep. Tony Shipley (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Dale Ford (R-Tenn.) have been suspected of pressuring the board to reconsider its discipline of the nurses, as lawmakers were preparing to decide whether to sunset or continue the state board of nursing's existence, according to the news report.

 

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Lawmakers have since passed a bill to keep the board of nursing. Rep. Shipley has declined to comment on the investigation, while Rep. Ford has denied any wrongdoing in the matter. The board of nursing, which did not disclose its reasoning for reversing the suspensions, has also stayed mum on the case.

Read the news report about Tennessee's board of nursing.

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