DIXON — A Solano County woman will serve on a key medical state licensing and review board based on her appointment Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Donna Norton, 56, will serve on the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians.
Norton brings a long tenure of nursing care to the board, according to the governor’s office.
She has been a licensed vocational nurse at Kaiser Permanente since 1989. She was a licensed vocational nurse at the Fairfield Medical Group from 1985 to 1989 and licensed vocational nurse and phlebotomist at Oneida Hospital from 1984 to 1985. Norton was a licensed vocational nurse at Straub Hospital from 1981 to 1985 and for the U.S. Army at Tripler Army Hospital from 1975 to 1981.
The 11-member California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians works to protect California residents from unprofessional and unsafe licensed vocational nurses and psychiatric technicians, according to the board’s state website. To do so, the board:
- Establishes minimum requirements for examination and licensure.
- Establishes educational standards for the accreditation of vocational nursing and psychiatric technicians schools in California.
- Adopts regulations to clarify the performance, practice and disciplinary standards for its licensees.
- Enforces the regulations governing the continued accreditation of vocational nursing and psychiatric technician schools in California.
- Enforces the regulations governing licensed vocational nurses and psychiatric technicians by taking appropriate disciplinary action against incompetent or unsafe licensees.
The position does not require Senate confirmation. Compensation is $100 per diem. Norton declined to state her preferred political party.
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