Reporting a misdemeanor to the Arizona Nursing Board is important. Self reporting helps in avoiding formal discipline. Arizona law states any nurse who holds a license or certification and has been charged with a misdemeanor involving conduct that may affect patient safety must notify the Arizona Board of Nursing (Board). To notify the Board you must do so in writing within ten business days of receiving the charge. Having a charge means a nurse has committed a crime where a police officer has issued an arrest or citation and sent the case to the prosecutor’s office for review. Failure to report the criminal charge within ten business days will result in the opening of a Board Complaint and will be found to be an act of unprofessional conduct and the Board may impose a fine in addition to disciplinary action.
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Arizona Nurse Reporting a Misdemeanor
The Arizona Board of Nursing has released a list of misdemeanor offenses that have been determined to affect patient safety and are required to be reported to the Board. A licensee or applicant to the Arizona Board of Nursing must report the following:
- Contributing to delinquency
- Possession with intent to use a controlled substance
- Misconduct involving weapons
(The above is not an all-inclusive list.)
There are a large number of crimes a nurse must report to the Board when they receives a charge. However, most licensed or certified nurses tend to conceal the charge rather than self-report. Unfortunately, if the Board finds out, the nurse not only faces discipline if convicted of the charge, but they’ll also receive discipline for concealing the charge. Remember, a charge isn’t a conviction. It’s better to reveal the charge at the beginning rather than face a sanction for failing to disclose. Disciplinary actions received by the Board may also require an appeal for a hearing.
Arizona Nurse Felony Conviction
Through this bill, the Arizona Board of Nursing may initiate disciplinary proceedings. They do this to revoke the application, renewal or reactivation against nurses who fail to disclose a felony conviction. SB1096 also give the Department of Public Safety the right to fingerprint nurses in order to obtain any state or federal criminal history on the person. The reasoning behind a three year bar from nursing is to allow the individual enough time to prove it’s safe for them to practice. It also gives time to handle restitution issues with victim(s) resulting from a felony conviction.
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