DENTAL DANGERS: How the Dental Board of California investigates dentists

Consumer complaints against dentists pass through a rigorous system of investigation and dental experts before the Dental Board of California makes any disciplinary move.

In the most severe cases, the dental board turns to the California Office of the Attorney General to file an accusation — a formal complaint — against a dentist on the board’s behalf.

Read more at http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/health/x855028594/DENTAL-DANGERS-How-the-Dental-Board-of-California-investigates-dentists

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California teacher tenure and seniority system is struck down

The tenure and seniority system that has long protected California public school teachers, even ineffective ones, was struck down Tuesday in a court decision that could change hiring and firing policies nationwide.

http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-teacher-lawsuit-20140611-story.html#page=1

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California bill would ease professional licensing rules for immigrants

To practice medicine in California, doctors must obtain a license from the state, and applicants are required to provide a Social Security number as proof of identity.

Rojas, 25, does not have such a number. She is in the United States illegally, having been smuggled into the country from Mexico by her parents when she was 6 months old.

But a group of legislators wants to help her — to do for doctors, dentists, nurses, barbers, security guards and many others what they did last year for attorneys: grant those in the country illegally permission to practice their occupations.

Read more at http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-immigrants-doctors-20140512-story.html

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May take 90 days for nursing license applications to be processed

Problems with launching BreEZe have caused severe processing delays for nursing license applicants.  Prior to the BRN’s implementation of BreEZe, it took approximately six to eight weeks at most to process a license application.  This included mailing the application to the board, entering data from the paper application form into the system, evaluating the application, and performing a background check.  However, under BreEZe, the BRN has not been able to accept online applications for new nursing licenses as originally planned due to a defective module in the system. As a result, board staff has to physically enter into the system the data received from paper application forms and is advising applicants that it may take 90 days for their applications to be processed due to the backlog.  Once completed, applicants will be authorized to take their licensure examination.

For more, see http://goldrushcam.com/sierrasuntimes/index.php/mariposa-daily-news-2014/173-march/12393-california-state-senate-republican-caucus-briefing-report-department-of-consumer-affairs-new-breeze-system-easy-or-inefficient

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Thousands of nurses wait for California to clear backlogged licensure applications

Thousands of California nursing school graduates are in limbo right now, waiting to find out when they can take their licensure examinations.

The California Board of Registered Nursing blames the delay in processing applications to a new software implementation, which wasn’t quite ready when a wave of December nursing school graduates applied for testing.

- See more at: http://healthcaretraveler.modernmedicine.com/node/380105#sthash.l54A7rst.dpuf

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CA State medical board hands over investigations July 1

Legislation signed last fall by Gov. Brown moves Medical Board of California investigative staff to the Department of Consumer Affairs by July 1. Planning for the transition of Medical Board investigative officers, medical consultants and support staff to Consumer Affairs started last fall. Town hall meetings with employees, unions and stakeholders will begin this month.

For more, go to http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/print-edition/2014/01/17/medical-board-hands-over-investigations.html

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California’s new BreEZe online licensing and enforcement system upgrades delay licensing for nursing graduates

Problems with a new California state computer system used by 37 boards and agencies delay licenses for many recent graduates. The software was intended to improve efficiency.

For more, go to http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-nursing-license-delays-20140213,0,369167.story#ixzz2tDf8rQXJ

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