A MESSAGE FOR NURSES , PATIENTS & THE PUBLIC
If you have concerns that a truly problematic healthcare professional may be practicing in your community, do not depend upon healthcare regulatory boards to identify them. If an incompetent, dangerous or unethical provider is well connected, the boards may allow him or her to continue to practice regardless of the risk they pose to patients. At the same time, excellent practitioners may be removed from practice, not because they represent any danger to the public, but because they represent a threat to the interests of the board or board members. The boards have full and sole discretion to find and to report to the public what they wish, true or false, without consequence or further accountability. Because the boards fail to reliably separate the “good” from the “bad,” they lull the public into a false sense of security about the safety of given providers in the community. In the current system, there is simply no way for patients to tell “good” from “bad,” and this means the boards fail miserably in their one primary, and most essential, mandate which is to protect the public.