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      RS 37:922     


§922.  Hearings by board

A.  Upon the filing of a sworn complaint with the board charging the violation of any of the provisions of this Part, the executive director of the board shall fix a time and place for hearing and send by registered mail a copy of the charges together with a notice of the time and place for hearing to the individual accused at least ten days prior to the date set for the hearing.  The notice shall be mailed to the last known address of the individual accused as it appears on the records of the board.  The executive director may appoint a panel consisting of three or more board members to hear the charges.  If no panel has been appointed, the charges shall be heard by no less than a quorum of the board members.

B.  The board may compel or subpoena the attendance of witnesses, the production of books, papers, and documents, and administer oaths at the hearings.  The accused individual may have witnesses on his behalf summoned by the board and may confront the witnesses against him.

C.  Notwithstanding any privilege of confidentiality recognized by law, no physician or health care institution with which such nurse is affiliated shall, acting under any such privilege, fail or refuse to respond to a lawfully issued subpoena of the board for any medical information, testimony, records, data, reports or other documents, tangible items, or information relative to any patient cared for or assigned to such nurse under investigation.  However, the identity of any patient identified in or by such records or information shall be maintained in confidence by the board and shall be deemed a privilege of confidentiality existing in favor of any such patient.  For the purpose of maintaining such confidentiality of patient identity, the board shall cause any such medical records of the transcript of any such testimony to be altered in order to prevent the disclosure of the identity of the patient to whom such records or testimony relates.

D. The board shall not be bound by strict rules of procedure or other laws of evidence in the conduct of its proceedings.  At the hearing the accused individual may appear either personally or by counsel, produce witnesses and evidence on his own behalf, and cross-examine witnesses.

E.  The board in its annual report shall state the nature and number of the various violations of this Part.  The board, in its discretion, may maintain the confidentiality of an individual registered nurse who violates a provision of this Part whenever the board determines the public interest will be best served by alternatives to the disciplinary process.

Acts 1976, No. 351, §1; Acts 1995, No. 633, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1996; Acts 2010, No. 943, §1.

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