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Interesting: Feider of Health professional services, says that doctors tend to be more likely to complete the program than nurses. She says that in part because doctors have more money and resources and some professionals are seen as more disposable.
Hearing is close to wrapping up.
Lawmaker asks: "What is the stick?" noting that compliance with monitoring is voluntary. She is told that if professionals do not comply, they could be reported and is told that addiction usually shows up at the work place last.
I've now turned on moderated comments for this live blog. What are your thoughts on what you've read/seen regarding nurses licenses and discipline?
"There is also a very important question being asked in these articles: What about the public's right to know.?" says Sheran, who notes that she has a nursing background.
Sen. Sheran asks a key question: "What about the public's right to know?" So that they can make decisions about their care givers.
Lawmakers drilling down on why it takes so long for misbehaved nurses to go through the process. "There is a delay," DHS inspector general says.