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Minnesota Nursing Board Drops Investigation of Fired Nurse

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Cliff Willmeng was under review after being fired for defying orders about hospital scrubs

The Minnesota Nursing Board has dropped its investigation of Cliff Willmeng, RN, the Minneapolis nurse and former union steward fired early in the pandemic for wearing hospital-issued scrubs instead of his own.

“Disciplinary action by the Board is not warranted in this matter,” according to a Board letter to Willmeng dated Feb. 24, which he shared with MedPage Today. “The Board encourages you, however, to review your role in the reported situation, including a nurse’s responsibility to conduct oneself in a professional and collegial manner.”

Willmeng’s licensure status will not be impacted by the investigation. But the Board reserves the right to reexamine the complaint that led to the review and Willmeng’s response, which he submitted in December, “should we receive additional information about this situation or a report of a similar nature in the future.”

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