Arizona Nursing Board Investigations Attorney
Fighting to Protect Your Practicing Privileges
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than 44,000 nurses are registered to practice in Arizona. If you are a registered nurse, you are subject to the regulation and disciplinary authority of the Arizona State Board of Nursing.
Coming under the scrutiny of the Board for alleged professional misconduct or following an arrest and filing of criminal charges can be a highly-stressful experience. It is one that can lead to various types of disciplinary action or even the loss of your license. What occurs in Board investigations and hearings may well determine whether you can continue in the career to which you’ve dedicated your life.
At such a time, you need experienced and aggressive legal help to find off the accusations you face. Weiler Law PLLC can provide the representation you need. Our Phoenix nursing license attorneys represent all licensed medical professionals including registered nurses through the metro area and surrounding communities.
Our legal team is knowledgeable about the investigation, interview, and administrative hearing process and we have had success mitigating penalties for nurses accused of wrongdoing throughout our years in practice. Our firm is ready to help you when facing the potential loss of your reputation and livelihood.
Who Can File a Complaint of Professional Misconduct?
Complaints of professional misconduct can come from anywhere — the physicians you work with, fellow nurses, patients, or their family members. Board investigations can originate out of accusations of:
- Improperly administering medications
- Dealing inappropriately with patients
- Even being physically or mentally unable to perform your essential job duties
If you’re coming under investigation following a DUI arrest or allegations of substance abuse, we can help you pursue options that get you the help you need while minimizing the impacts on your job.
Why You Need Our Arizona Nursing Board Attorney
The advantage of having our experienced Phoenix attorneys represent you is that you will have a knowledgeable advocate to oversee every aspect of your case. From meeting with Board-approved psychologists to speaking at administrative hearings, our primary goal is to make sure you are treated fairly and that the Board does not overstep its authority in investigating and addressing alleged misconduct.
How The Investigation Process Works
Understanding how the investigation process works can help you prepare for it.
The Arizona State Board of Nursing’s investigation process follows the following steps:
- The Board will receive a formal complaint or a licensee’s self-report. If you have been arrested or convicted on certain charges, you have a responsibility to self-report to your Board within a specified amount of time. Employers, colleagues, patients, or others who believe you have engaged in unprofessional conduct must file a formal complaint to the Board.
- The Board will determine whether it can investigate and, if necessary, take disciplinary action. While most health care Boards have sweeping authority, they cannot investigate alleged misconduct unless they have the proper jurisdiction to do so.
- The Board will formally notify you that it has begun an investigation. You (and, if applicable, the complainant) must be notified that the Board will be investigating your case.
- You will have the opportunity to respond to the allegations against you. You will be required to submit a written response to a formal complaint. As part of the investigative process, you will be interviewed by an investigator and possibly subject to examination by other experts, such as a psychologist. All evidence will be prepared in a formal investigation report.
- The Board will evaluate the investigation report and take disciplinary action if it decides to do so. You do have the right to speak on your behalf during the Board’s meeting but are not required to do so.
- If you are formally disciplined, you will have options to appeal the Board’s decision. Administrative appeal processes exist to allow licensees to protest actions they believe are excessive or otherwise unfair. An experienced lawyer can determine your appeal options based on the specific action taken by the board.