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Dayton supports changes in Minn. nurse discipline

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A spokesman says Gov. Mark Dayton supports structural changes in how the Minnesota Board of Nursing is able to discipline problem nurses.

Dayton met Wednesday with all but one member of the nursing board.

Dayton's spokesman, Matt Swenson, tells the Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1kWBDuL ) that the governor felt the meetings were constructive.

Reacting to a Star Tribune investigative series that began in early October, the governor has previously criticized the board, saying that they have been "asleep at the switch" and failed to use their authority to crack down on nurses who commit misconduct.

Dayton told the newspaper last month that he wanted to meet with board members before proposing any specific changes.

Board President Deborah Haagenson says there was no discussion of his past criticisms during her meeting with Dayton.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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