Thousands of Calif. nurses punished in other states

State officials say thousands of California's registered nurses have been punished for misconduct in other states and some even lost nursing licenses.

The state Board of Registered Nursing has discovered that some 3,500 of its nurses have been sanctioned in other states. Up to 2,000 of them now face discipline in California.

The board examination was prompted by a Times-ProPublica investigation last year that examined a national database and found many California nurses got into trouble elsewhere for sexual abuse, neglect, rampant drug use and criminality.

Department of Consumer Affairs deputy director Paul Riches says the huge number of new disciplinary cases will be challenging for his department, which oversees the agencies that license nurses.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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