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Former Waterloo social worker loses license indefinitely

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A former Waterloo social worker has lost his license indefinitely for making inappropriate comments to clients and drinking on the job. A former Waterloo social worker has lost his license indefinitely for making inappropriate comments to clients and drinking on the job.
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A former Waterloo social worker has lost his license indefinitely for making inappropriate comments to clients and drinking on the job.

Brian C. Nedoba, who worked for Wheaton Franciscan Health Services from April 23, 2001 until  being terminated on January 3, 2012, has lost his license indefinitely after the Iowa Board of Social Work found he made inappropriate comments to clients and was drinking on the job.

According to documents released by the board on Tuesday, Nedoba made sexually explicit comments to a client on September 21, 2011. The board says that on the same day he also made inappropriate comments to a second patient.

They report that neither patient returned to Nedoba for treatment following these incidents.

The board also says that six days later, another client commented to the receptionist that Nedoba "would probably fail a breathalyzer test." They say that after two co-workers smelled alcohol, Nedoba was asked to take an alcohol test and registered a blood-alcohol level of .11.

The board reported that later that afternoon, co-workers found beer cans and vodka bottles in Nedoba's office. They say Nedoba admitted to drinking alcohol before work and while working.

Nedoba told an investigator that while he knew it was inappropriate to drink at work, he felt it did not affect his judgment.

The board also found that Nedoba had pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated in Howard County on February 28, 2011 and in Tama County on April 26, 2012.

As a result, the board determined that Nedoba's license should be suspended indefinitely.

The Board says they will not consider reinstating his license until he provides an up-to-date mental health and substance abuse evaluation by a Board-approved facility or provider, completes all recommendations for treatment and aftercare and provides satisfactory proof that he is safe to return to the practice of social work.

If his license is ever reinstated, he will automatically be placed on probation for a minimum of three years. Probation could include substance abuse monitoring, urinalysis and a work site monitor.

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