Thousands of Texas nurses have arrest records

Jason Morris

Dallas WFAA-TV News did a great job on this story.  In my opinion the Texas Board of Nursing has a lot of explaining to do.  The fact that it will take another four years to complete background checks on nurses is incomprehensible.  If the system is broken change the system.  If the board is mandated to use this process, put another process in place while you are waiting.  Hiring an employment screening firm to keep people safe is the best course of action here.  The board is putting millions of patients at risk by negligently allowing some of these criminals into the workplace.

Thousands of Texas nurses have arrest records

11:23 AM CDT on Thursday, May 8, 2008

By JASON WHITELY / WFAA-TV

DALLAS – Few times in history has nursing become such a lucrative career.

“A good nursing supervisor, a manager, can make more than $100,000 a year in some cases,” said Devon Herrick, Senior Fellow, National Center for Policy Analysis.

Salaries spiked because of a shortage in the industry. But among the hardworking dedicated nurses are some with questionable backgrounds.

News 8 compared names and dates of births of every currently licensed nurse against the Texas Department of Public Safety criminal database.

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President & Chief Operating Officer at EmployeeScreenIQ
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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