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WABON Assigns Highest Priority to Investigation of Nurse Based on Allegations of Misconduct

For immediate release: March 20, 2024

Contact: WABON Communications

Olympia, WA – The Washington State Board of Nursing (WABON) authorized a high priority investigation of a nurse accused of misconduct on Monday, March 18. The nurse, licensed since 2006 and licensed as an advanced practice registered nurse since 2008, has had no prior disciplinary actions.

The nurse has been criminally charged with rape and assault after allegedly prescribing pills and forcing them inside his girlfriend, who was also his patient.

High priority investigations are usually completed in 30 days; however, it is likely this case will proceed more quickly due to the severity of concerns. Upon receiving the complaint, a panel of WABON opened the case and immediately began an investigation. No disciplinary actions have been taken since the investigation began.

WABON works closely with police departments, prosecutors, and community partners to ensure sharing of information and evidence. WABON has jurisdiction over licenses to practice nursing. The WABON process is separate from any criminal processes within the judicial system, and looks specifically at nursing laws and regulations to understand potential violations. Any disciplinary action must be proved by clear and convincing evidence.

“The public’s safety is paramount, so it’s imperative we move quickly with this investigation,” stated WABON executive director, Alison Bradywood.

WABON protects the public’s safety by establishing, monitoring and enforcing the licensing, consistent standards of practice, continuing competency mechanisms and discipline of nurses in Washington state.