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Arizona Nursing Felony Convictions

There are many laws that affect nurses or deal with the practice of nursing in Arizona.  The majority of the laws regarding the practice of nursing are held within the Arizona Revised Statutes “A.R.S.”.  Under the A.R.S. 32-1667 a person is guilty of a Class 6 felony who:

1.  Sells or fraudulently obtains or furnishes any nursing diploma, certificate, license, permit or record.

2.  Engages in any conduct prohibited by Arizona nursing laws. (Read a previous blog explaining the prohibited conduct).

3.  Operates a training or educational program regulated by Arizona nursing law unless the program is a currently approved program.

4.  Practices nursing or obtains a nursing position through fraudulent representation or a fraudulent diploma, license or permit.

Read the code of Arizona Nursing Felonies. A class 6 felony is the least severe felony conviction, but can lead to penalties of up to 2 years in prison.  However, a first time felony offender who is convicted of a class 6 felony not involving a dangerous offense will likely only see 3 months in prison if there are mitigating circumstances.

If you have a question about Arizona Nursing Felony Convictions under the Arizona Revised Statutes contact Chelle Law.

Arizona Nursing Unlawful Acts

Arizona Nursing Unlawful ActsThere are many acts a nurse licensed or certified in Arizona can be disciplined for that is not illegal per se according to A.R.S. 32-1666.  In fact, all individuals who are licensed or certified by the state are held to a higher standard than the general public.  However, the laws that deal with nursing in Arizona specifically state a number of illegal acts that any individual may not do unless they are specifically licensed or certified to practice nursing in Arizona.  Read the code regarding Arizona Nursing Unlawful Acts.   Those acts include:

  • Acting as or offering to act as a clinical nurse specialist, registered nurse practitioner, or registered or practical nurse in Arizona.
  • Using any abbreviation, card, device, figure, letter, sign or title that indicates that the individual is a clinical nurse specialist, graduate nurse, nurse practitioner, practical nurse, professional nurse or registered nurse.
  • Using any abbreviation, card, device, letter or sign that indicates the individual is certified to practice nursing in any capacity.
  • Operating a training or educational program to prepare students for licensure or certification as a nurse in Arizona unless it has been approved by the Arizona Board of Nursing.

If you have a question about Arizona Nursing Unlawful Acts contact Chelle Law.

Arizona Board of Nursing Investigation Notice

Arizona Board of Nursing Investigation NoticeThe Arizona Board of Nursing (“Board”) is given wide-ranging investigative powers when determining whether to discipline licensed or certified nurses practicing in Arizona.  The Board has the power to suspend, revoke or limit a nurse’s license or certificate after it has completed an investigation.

If the Board concludes, after an investigation, that reasonable grounds exist to bring disciplinary action against a nurse, the Board will serve the nurse with written notice of the possible disciplinary action.  The written notice will contain:

  • The facts gathered by the investigator along with the specific rules or statutes that the Board believes were violated.
  • A request that the nurse rebuts or explains why the Board should not take disciplinary action.

A nurse must submit a written request for a hearing within 30 days from the service of the notice letter or the Board will consider all of the allegations admitted and the Board will take disciplinary action.

No nurse should fail to ask for a hearing to explain the facts surrounding the investigation.  Arizona law allows anyone under investigation before the Board to have an attorney present at the hearing.  The hearing will give the nurse and their attorney an opportunity to explain their side of the story and hopefully minimize any disciplinary action taken.

Know your rights!  Contact an attorney and request a hearing.  Do not let the Board pass judgment without hearing your side of the story first.

If you have any questions about an Arizona Board of Nursing Investigation Notice contact Chelle Law.

Arizona Board of Nursing Renewal Fees and Penalties

Arizona Board of Nursing Renewal Fees and PenaltiesArizona law specifies the maximum amount the Arizona Board of the Nursing may charge nurses for applications, renewals, certifications, clerical work, fees and penalties.  Here is a list of the current Arizona Board of Nursing Renewal Fees and Penalties.  The amounts for a select number of activities are as follows (all values are current as of 10/21/2013):

Initial Exams and Applications

• CNA Exam with Document $50
• CNA Exam without Document $0
• CNA Endorsement with Document $50
• RN/LPN Endorsement $150
• RN/LPN Exam Fee & Licensure Fee $300
• RN/LPN Exam Fee – 2nd Time $100
• RN/LPN Fingerprint Fee $50
• School Nurse $75
• Nurse Practitioner (NP) $150
• Nurse Practitioner Prescribing/Dispensing $150
• Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) $150
• Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) $150

Application for Renewal (before expiration)

• CNA: Every 2 Years With Document $50
• CNA: Every 2 Years Without Document $0
• CMA: Every 2 Years With Renewal of CNA $65
• RN/LPN: Every 4 Years $160
• SCHOOL NURSE: every 6 years $25

Clerical Work

• COPY OF NURSE PRACTICE ACT $5
• ADVISORY OPINIONS $15
• RESOURCE MANUAL $35
• DELEGATION RESOURCE FOLDER $5
• TRANSCRIPTS FROM NURSING PROGRAMS $25
• VERIFICATIONS: AP/RN/LPN-(AZ sends to another state) $50
• VERIFICATIONS: CNA $50
OTHER:  2010
• FAILURE TO REPORT CHANGE OF ADDRESS $25
• COPYING OF RECORDS .50¢/page if > 50 pages
• COMPUTERIZED DISKETTES $100
• DUPLICATE LICENSE $25
• DUPLICATE CERTIFICATE $25
• DUPLICATE NP, CNS, CRNA, SCHOOL NURSE CERTIFICATE $25
• NOTARY SERVICES $2
• INSUFFICIENT FUND CHECK $50
• REGISTRATION FEE/BOARD CONFERENCES $100
• WORKING ON EXPIRED LICENSE/CERTIFICATE Refer to Policy

The licensure/certification process can be a lengthy and expensive process, so make certain to give yourself enough time to meet the deadlines set by the Arizona Board of Nursing.  Failing to submit the correct fee amounts or meet the stringent deadlines could lead to fines or the loss of your license.

If you have a question about Arizona Board of Nursing Renewal Fees and Penalties contact Chelle Law.

Arizona Nursing License Renewal

Arizona Nursing License RenewalRegistered and Practical Nurses

For more information about Arizona Nursing License Renewal.  In Arizona any licensed registered or practical nurse must submit an Application for Renewal of License every 4 years on or before April 1st for $160 or before May 1st for $210.  There is a late fee of $50 assessed for each month the license has lapsed with a cap of $200.  If the licensed nurse fails to renew the license by August 1st, the license expires.

In addition to the Application for Renewal the registered or practical nurse must also submit a verified statement that declares whether the nurse has been convicted of a felony along with the date of absolute discharge from the sentence.

Once the Arizona Board of Nursing has received and approved the Application for Renewal the nurse will receive an active renewal license that will be effective for the following four calendar years.

Nursing Assistant

A nursing assistant in Arizona must renew their certification every two years by the last day of their birth month.  The fee to renew is $25 and a late fee of $25 is assessed for every year that the license has expired with a cap of $100.

In addition to the Application for Renewal of a Nursing Assistant Certificate the nurse must also submit a verified statement that declares whether the nurse has been convicted of a felony along with the date of absolute discharge from the sentence.  Once the Application has been approved the Nursing Assistant will be recertified for two years from the last day of their birth month.

Inactive List

A licensed nurse in good standing may request to be placed on an inactive list.  While on the inactive list a nurse may not practice and does not need to pay renewal fees.  If an inactive nurse wishes to resume practicing they must submit a renewal application with the correct fees and a verified statement regarding felony convictions.  Assuming the nurse is approved by the Board; they may begin practicing again.

If you have a question about Arizona Nursing License Renewal regulations contact Chelle Law.