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What drew you to this career?
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.
How did you prepare for it?
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.
What do you like the most about this career?
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.
What are the biggest challenges?
The biggest challenge I face is dealing with attorneys who represent nurses, but do not understand the nursing process, nursing regulation, and administrative law.
What advice would you have for a student interested in this field?
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.
Extra info about Suzanne Meadows:
My name when I graduated was Suzanne Bieg. 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.