ATLANTA (AP) - The president of the Georgia Board of Nursing says the amount of time it takes the agency to investigate complaints against nurses is embarrassing to him and should be an embarrassment to the state.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sunday ( that it takes the board an average of 15 months to investigate complaints against nurses, even if the nurse has admitted to wrongdoing.

The newspaper reported that a registered nurse who was diagnosed with a prescription drug addiction was sentenced to probation and drug counseling three years ago. The nurse was arrested on drug charges again last year and continues to work in a doctor's office in Austell.

Board President Barry Cranfill says the organization is underfunded and understaffed. It is unclear how many cases are in the agency's backlog.


Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

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