The state Department of Health has taken disciplinary action against one health care worker in Thurston County and reinstated credentials or withdrawn charges against two others, according to a department news release.
▪ In July, the Nursing Commission entered an agreement with registered nurse Rebecca Lynn Taylor that requires her to undergo evaluation for a substance abuse monitoring program. Taylor tested positive for morphine after being observed as being impaired while she was working at a skilled nursing facility.
▪ Also in July, the Nursing Commission reinstated the credential of licensed practical nurse Christy L. Bamberger. The credential was suspended in 2014 after the Colorado State Board of Nursing suspended her license to practice in that state.
▪ In June, the Medical Commission withdrew an amended statement of charges against physician Sheila M. Smitherman.
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Information about health care providers is on the agency website. Click on “Look up a health care provider license” in the “How Do I?” section of the Department of Health website (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 encouraged to call and report their complaint.