Arizona college nursing program on probation

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The nursing program at Coconino Community College has been placed on probation.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports (http://bit.ly/1teHJPK) that the Arizona State Board of Nursing has enforced an 18-month probation period.

The decision was issued July 10 after the board found eight violations of the Nurse Practice Act.

The allegations include insufficient instruction in pediatric nursing before patient contact, a faulty staffing ratio and inadequate documentation of evaluations of certain clinic faculty.

College officials say the staffing should be in compliance as the program goes from 80 to 40 students by spring 2016 because of budget cuts.

The violations arose after students complained to the board in December.

Officials at Flagstaff Medical Center, which gives $100,000 annually to the program, say they have confidence in the college.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Sun, http://www.azdailysun.com/

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