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Board member’s online research during deliberations sinks discipline of overprescribing nurse

Christina Collins, a nurse accused of writing wildly excessive prescriptions for opioids while working at a pain clinic that state officials say was a pill mill, was allowed by the Tennessee Board of Nursing, following 2018 proceedings, to keep her license.

But after it emerged that a board member on the disciplinary panel had done online research during deliberations and used the information to guide her decision against suspension or revocation of Collins' license, a judge with Davidson County Chancery Court in Nashville ordered the board, in July 2019, to conduct new proceedings.

His order was in response to an . . .

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