DAYTON — Complaints of misconduct against Ohio nurses have skyrocketed in recent years, leading to a backlog of investigations.
The Dayton Daily News reported the Ohio Board of Nursing is taking more than a year to investigate complaints. That’s allowed some nurses to continue on the job while complaints are reviewed.
The director of the nursing board told the newspaper it’s the nurse’s right that an allegation be fully investigated. That requires the board to interview witnesses, issue subpoenas and gather all the evidence.
Betsy Houchen said industry growth and an increased emphasis on reporting concerns have fed the spike in complaints.
The board received 6,880 complaints in the 2011 budget year that ended June 30. Complaints are on pace for a double-digit increase in the two-year accounting period.