For immediate release: December 22, 2017 (17-174)
Contact: Sharon Moysiuk, Strategic Communications Office 360-549-6471
Public inquiries: Health Systems Customer Service 360-236-4700
State revokes, suspends licenses, certifications, registrations of health care providers
OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Department of Health has revoked or suspended the licenses, certifications, or registrations of health care providers in our state. The department has also immediately suspended the credentials of people who have been prohibited from practicing in other states.
The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health care professions (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, counselors).
Information about health care providers is on the agency’s website. Click on “Look up a health care provider license” in the “How Do I?” section of the Department of Health home page (doh.wa.gov). The site includes information about a health care provider’s license status, the expiration and renewal date of their credential, disciplinary actions and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. This information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. Consumers who think a health care provider acted unprofessionally are also encouraged to call and report their complaint.
In December 2017 the Nursing Commission charged licensed practical nurse Linda Roses Burgins (LP00042397) with unprofessional conduct and immediately suspended her credential. Burgins injected a patient with insulin contrary to a physician’s orders. The state Department of Social and Health Services determined that Burgins neglected a vulnerable adult. She can’t be employed in having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults.
In December 2017 the Hearing and Speech Board indefinitely suspended the speech language pathologist credential of Gail P. Gregory (LL60024949). After Gregory was charged in 2015 with two counts of first-degree criminal trespass, an evaluation indicated she might lack the capacity to understand the nature of the criminal proceedings against her and lacked the capacity to assist in her own defense. The criminal charges were dismissed. Letters Gregory sent to the Department of Health exhibited concerning signs regarding her ongoing mental health, and her ability to practice with reasonable skill and safety.
In December 2017 the Nursing Commission suspended the registered nurse credential of Cheryl M. McArthur (RN00086912), who didn’t comply with a requirement to participate in a substance abuse monitoring program.
In December 2017 the Nursing Assistant and Medical Assistant programs suspended the registered nursing assistant, certified nursing assistant and medical assistant-phlebotomist credentials of Danielle E. Rivas (NA60328500, NC60426816, PC60686894) for at least five years. While providing home care services, Rivas removed furniture from a client’s home and delivered it to a member of her family, wrote a check to herself from the client’s bank account and signed the check as the client, and used the client’s bank account to pay for cruise ship-related expenses. She admitted the activity.
In December 2017 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Sabrina Ashley Graves (NA60071545) with unprofessional conduct and immediately suspended her credential. The state Department of Social and Health Services found that Graves neglected a vulnerable adult in her care, making her unable to be employed in caring for or having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults.
In December 2017 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Christine Davis (NA00138581) with unprofessional conduct and immediately suspended her credential. The state Department of Social and Health Services, which found that Davis financially exploited vulnerable adults in her care, will not allow her to be employed in caring for or having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults.
In December 2017 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the registered nurse credential of Sonja Denise H. Yarborough (RN00098028). Yarborough didn’t abide by requirements to submit performance reports and to complete continuing education.
Out of State
California: In December 2017 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the registered nurse credential of Stephanie Marie Williams (RN60495786). Williams’s California nurse license was placed on probation in 2016 in connection with behavior, substance use, patient care, and health issues.