May 19, 2023 In Uncategorized

Understanding the Minnesota Nursing Board Discipline Procedures

In an effort to ensure the public’s safety and maintain the highest standards of practice, the Minnesota Board of Nursing employs a comprehensive and rigorous set of discipline procedures. These procedures are set in place to deal with complaints about nurses who may have violated the state’s Nurse Practice Act or other laws and regulations related to nursing practice. Let’s delve deeper into the process.

Complaint Initiation

The process begins when the Minnesota Board of Nursing receives a complaint. This complaint could come from a variety of sources: patients, family members, healthcare facilities, employers, or other healthcare professionals. It’s important to note that anyone can report concerns about a nurse’s practice or conduct to the MNBN.

Preliminary Review

Upon receiving a complaint, the Complaint Review Unit (CRU) of the Minnesota Board of Nursing conducts a preliminary review. The primary goal at this stage is to determine whether the complaint falls within the jurisdiction of the board. The Minnesota Board of Nursing

has the authority to regulate licensed nurses in Minnesota; hence, complaints must pertain to conduct or practice that is within the scope of nursing.


If the preliminary review determines that the complaint is within the Minnesota Board of Nursing

jurisdiction, the board will initiate a formal investigation. This process involves gathering relevant information and evidence related to the complaint. This may involve interviewing the nurse, the complainant, and any other relevant individuals. It may also include gathering and reviewing relevant documents, such as medical records or employment records.

Review and Determination

Upon completion of the investigation, the findings are reviewed by the CRU, which includes nurses, attorneys, and public members. The CRU will then make a recommendation for board action based on the evidence collected during the investigation.

Possible recommendations range from no action, if the evidence does not support the complaint, to disciplinary action, if the evidence supports a violation of the Nurse Practice Act or other nursing regulations. Disciplinary actions can vary depending on the severity of the violation and may include reprimands, fines, mandatory education or training, probation, suspension, or in the most serious cases, license revocation.

Opportunity to Contest

If disciplinary action is recommended, the nurse has the right to contest the action. This often involves a contested case hearing before an administrative law judge. The nurse may be represented by an attorney during this process.

Final Decision

After the contested case hearing, the administrative law judge makes a recommendation to the Minnesota Board of Nursing. The Board then reviews the recommendation and makes a final decision about the disciplinary action.

While the process may seem lengthy, it is essential to remember that the purpose of the discipline procedures of the Minnesota Board of Nursing is to protect the public by ensuring that nurses in the state are competent and adhere to established standards of practice. Each stage of the process is designed to ensure fairness and provide the nurse with the opportunity to respond to the complaint and any subsequent disciplinary action. As such, the discipline procedures are a crucial component of maintaining public trust in the nursing profession.

You have spend many years trying to become a nurse. A nursing license is a for of a property right. You have a right to hire an attorney to help you through the process. Call Fabian Hoffner at 612-206-3777 for a free consultation.