After report on nurse drug abuse, Virginia gov calls for background checks

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) called for criminal background checks for nurses seeking licenses to practice in the state, according to the News Leader. McAuliffe made the announcement following an investigation by the newspaper that found state laws regarding both drug abuse by nurses and the reporting thereof often go unenforced. McAuliffe's budget proposal allocates more than $250,000 and four new positions to enforce the background checks, which will be funded by licensure fees rather than taxes. "The [Virginia] Board of Nursing has recommended a legislative proposal that would authorize the Board to require state and FBI criminal background checks for all [registered nurse] and [licensed practical nurse] licensure applicants," Department of Health Professions spokeswoman Diane Powers told the News Leader. "Legislative Services is working to draft the bill." Article