State board jerks nurse's license

The nursing license of a White City man has been revoked by the state Board of Nursing after an investigation determined that he told a patient to stop taking his medicine.

James Edward Mills did not appear in his own defense when the nursing board met last week in Portland to consider allegations that he failed to communicate important information about a patient's health status to other health-care providers, ordered medication changes without consulting with a provider and without a provider order, and implemented standards of nursing practice that jeopardized patient safety.

Documents provided by the nursing board state that Mills was working as a nurse at the state prison in Lakeview in December 2006 when he advised a patient who had a low blood glucose level to stop taking his medication. Mills failed to notify another health-care provider of the prisoner's low blood sugar episode, and he gave the patient 45 milligrams of oral glucose from his own personal glucose medication.

The report also stated that during September 2006, Mills advised another inmate to alter his prescribed dose of blood pressure medicine, and advised the inmate to stop taking the medicine "to see what would happen." He failed to document the encounter in the patient's medical record and failed to obtain an order from a qualified person to discontinue or alter the dose.

The report stated that in June 2004, Mills had been verbally abusive to patients in his care and to other staff members while on duty at Providence Medford Medical Center. He was suspended from work at Providence for treating patients and staff in a verbally abusive and threatening manner.

Mills could not be reached for comment. He has an unlisted telephone number and listed a White City post office box as his address on his nursing license documents. He has 60 days to petition the board for reconsideration, but he had not filed a petition as of Tuesday, said Barbara Holtry, a spokeswoman for the Board of Nursing.

The nine-member board licenses and oversees about 48,000 nurses and 17,000 certified nursing assistants. The board took final disciplinary action against 30 nurses across Oregon at its Aug. 21 meeting.

Reach reporter Bill Kettler at 776-4492 or e-mail

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