I wanted to use my nursing experience to help carry out the mission of the Oregon State Board of Nursing by investigating allegations against licensees in the state of Oregon.
My years of experience as a nurse in acute and sub-acute care allows me to understand deviations of the standard of care and appropriate actions when a violation of the Nurse Practice Act has occurred.
I most enjoy meeting with excellent nurses who have been reported to the Board for having made practice errors, who have used the opportunity to improve their nursing practice, and have gone on to teach their peers what they have learned through the experience.
The biggest challenge I face is dealing with attorneys who represent nurses, but do not understand the nursing process, nursing regulation, and administrative law.
Once you have gained nursing experience in a variety of areas, and if you have a desire to gather facts through an investigative process, you may want to look into becoming a nurse investigator.
I absolutely loved my four years at UW and loved living in Wyoming. After graduating in 1994, I moved back to my home state, Oregon. It was nice to be back near my friends and family, but I will always have fond memories of the campus, my fellow nursing students, and the cold, sunny, windy days in Laramie.