Minnesota nursing board considers removing executive director

The Minnesota Nursing Board has called an emergency meeting slated for May 18 to consider removing its executive director, Kimberly Miller, BSN, RN, who has been at the center of mismanagement complaints, according to a ProPublica report. 

The board's president, Laura Elseth, notified board members in a May 16 email that Ms. Miller was on leave "effective today." The announcement came in the wake of a meeting a day earlier where board members, lawyers from the state attorney general's office and representatives from Minnesota Management and Budget held a closed meeting to consider allegations related to a "personnel issue" against Ms. Miller. 

The board has faced criticism for its slow disciplinary process, with an average time of 11 months to resolve complaints against nurses. In April, ProPublica published an investigation where people inside the agency blamed Ms. Miller's poor leadership for the backlog of complaints and turnover among board staff. 

Board members who attended the May 15 meeting and Ms. Miller did not respond to ProPublica's requests for comment. 

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