OBN hears JR Baker case on registered nursing license

BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
10/15/2018 08:15 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Board of Nursing met on Sept. 26 to hear and resolve a complaint that was filed against John Ross Baker regarding his registered nursing license.

Baker was identified in June as the nurse responsible for a lapse in protocol at W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, earlier this year. He was responsible for incorrectly administering medications and potentially exposing patients to blood-borne pathogens.

After the hearing was completed, the OBN stated “numerous witnesses testified and the board admitted several exhibits, and at the conclusion of the hearing the board found clear and convincing evidence that Mr. Baker failed to adequately care for patients or to conform to the minimum standards of acceptable nursing practice that unnecessarily exposed patients to risk of harm; is guilty of acts that jeopardized patients life, health or safety; and was guilty of unprofessional conduct.”

According to Jackye Ward, OBN Deputy Director, Baker’s nursing license was severely reprimanded, and the OBN ordered several disciplinary acts to be followed and completed by Baker including having his nursing license placed on probation for two years. Also, during the probationary period, a registered nurse must supervise his work in a hospital in compliance with guidelines that were established by OBN. He must complete four remedial nursing education courses that include Nursing Juris Prudence, medication administration to include controlled dangerous substances, critical thinking and care, and custody and control of controlled dangerous substances.

Baker is also ordered to pay an administrative penalty of $5,000 to the OBN and pay the cost of the investigation, which totaled $3,789.68.

In accordance with the administrative penalty, OBN considered the following during the hearing:

• Evidence or potential harm patients, clients or the public;

• The seriousness of the violation including the nature, circumstances, extent, and gravity of any prohibited acts;

• The hazard or potential hazard created to the health, safety, and welfare of the public;

• Evidence of practice history;

• Evidence of present lack of fitness;

• And deterrent effect of the penalty imposed.

Ward said the OBN order will become final by law in the Administrative Procedure’s Act after the Anti-Competitive Review and Determination by the Oklahoma Attorney General, in compliance with state law, and that the order is to be in compliance with the OBN’s authority and mission to protect the public health, safety, and welfare. Once the order is reviewed and deemed compliant, OBN will then administer it to Baker to begin and complete during an unknown time span.
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Lindsey Bark grew up and resides in the Tagg Flats community in Delaware County. She graduated from Northeastern State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, emphasizing in journalism. She started working for the Cherokee Phoenix in 2016. Working for the Cherokee Phoenix, Lindsey hopes to ...

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