Arizona Board of Nursing

Arizona Board of Nursing

LICENSING BOARD: Arizona Board of Nursing
ADDRESS: 4747 North 7th Street, Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85014-3655
PHONE: 602-771-7800
WEB: http://www.azbn.gov/

The Arizona Board of Nursing regulates those engaged in the practice of nursing in Arizona and governs the issuance of licenses, registrations and certificates for individuals. The Board initiates investigations into complaints and self-reports concerning a nurse’s possible non-compliance with the law, and determines and administers disciplinary actions if it is determined that Arizona’s Nurse Practice Act has been violated.

Relevant Information:

Below is a typical time-line regarding the initial stage of an Arizona Board of Nursing Complaint:

  1. A Complaint or Self-Report is filed with the Board
  2. The Board determines if they have jurisdiction over the complaint or self-report
  3. If the Board has jurisdiction, an Investigator is assigned and a case number is given
  4. A complaint involving a patient care issue will be assigned to a Nurse Practice Consultant and a complaint involving criminal conduct will likely be assigned to a Senior Investigator
  5. The Investigator sends a notification letter and questionnaire to the nurse and the investigation begins
  6. The nurse is given time (generally 14-30 days) to respond with information regarding the events behind the complaint.

We strongly advises that any nurse seek legal counsel prior to responding to any Arizona Board of Nursing investigation or questionnaire. This includes speaking on the phone with an Investigator or submitting any written response. Retaining legal counsel prior to communicating with Board staff in any way gives you the best chance of mitigating the potential disciplinary action from the Board.

Under the current laws a nurse facing an investigation or complaint may be subject to a variety of disciplinary actions. These include probation, suspension, or revocation of their nursing license. In addition, the nurse may have difficulty finding future employment or be terminated from their current position unless the investigation is dealt with proactively.

If you need legal assistance with the Board contact Chelle Law at 602.344.9865.