PENDLETON - The Oregon State Board of Nursing continues to await a decision on the fate of Michael Thompson's nurse practitioner and mental health certificates.

During a hearing one month ago, an administrative law judge allowed Thompson, a nurse practitioner who operates Blue Mountain Urgent Care, and his attorney Russell Barnette III, to respond to allegations that Thompson wrote prescriptions to himself and patients he hadn't examined.

Thompson denies the allegations and continues to operate his clinic at regular hours.

Barnette, who describes his client's patient care as "exemplary," said both he and his clients are frustrated with the slow hearing process.

Barbara Holtry, nursing board spokeswoman, couldn't predict when the judge will render his decision and whether the board will accept his recommendation.

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