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Revocation for sub-par patient appraisal upheld; court holds it was within licensee’s scope of practice

Brian Bullock,

An appellate court in California, in a December 17 decision, upheld revocation of the license of a nurse who had performed an appraisal at a nursing home for a patient who was later found to be suffering from severe neglect and who died as a result.

In upholding the decision, the court agreed with the board that such appraisals of nursing home residents are not exempt from the normal duties of care owed by a nursing licensee.

In 2013, the licensee in the case, William Clawson, was employed by a residential care home that was about to close to help . . .

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