Kitsap County certified nursing assistant's license suspended due to felony charges

For immediate release: October 1, 2018  (18-141)

Contact:          Sharon Moysiuk, Strategic Communications Office  360-549-6471

Kitsap County certified nursing assistant’s license suspended due to felony charges

OLYMPIA -- State health officials immediately suspended the license of Kitsap County certified nursing assistant William Merritt (NC.60517610) pending further legal action.

Merritt was charged in Kitsap County Superior Court with first-degree burglary with sexual motivation, a class A felony, indecent liberties, a class A felony, two counts of second-degree assault, class B felonies, first-degree voyeurism, a class C felony, and attempting to elude pursuing police vehicle, a class C felony.

Merritt cannot practice as a certified nursing assistant in Washington until the Department of Health charges are resolved. He has 20 days to respond to the charges and request a hearing.

The legal documents on this case can be seen online by clicking the link on Provider Credential Search on the Department of Health website; copies can be requested by calling 360-236-4700. Anyone who believes a health care provider acted unprofessionally is encouraged to call this number and report their complaint.

The Department of Health protects and promotes public health, safety, and welfare in Washington by regulating the competency and quality of health care providers. The agency establishes, monitors, and enforces qualifications for licensing, consistent standards of practice, continuing competency mechanisms, and discipline. Rules, policies, and procedures promote the delivery of quality health care to people in Washington. 

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