Arizona Nursing Board License Renewal
Having a professional license means renewing it on a regular basis. This applies to RNs, LPNs and other nursing licenses. In the case of nurses, there are strict requirements a nurse must meet and keep track of in order to keep their license with the Arizona State Board of Nursing. Perhaps the most important requirement is remembering renewal dates as failing to renew on time can have serious consequences.
AZ Nursing License Renewal
Every four years APRN, RN, LPN’s must submit an application to renew their license. The sooner a nurse renews their license the less expensive it is. For example, a nurse who renews their license on time (by April 1) pays a fee of $160 fee. Should they decide to wait on renewing, or if there is a delay, and they renew by May 1 the fee becomes $210. For each month there is a lapse in renewing the license there is an additional late fee of $50. This fee caps out at $200. If the license fails to be renewed by August 1 it will expire.
Once a nurse decides to renew their license they must include a verified statement with their application for renewal. This statement declares whether or not the nurse has been convicted of a felony. If there is a conviction, it must also include the date of discharge from the sentence.
After submitting the above, and having it approved for renewal, the nurse will get an active renewal license that is good for the next four years.
Arizona Board Renewal Requirements for LPNs and RNs and more
Of the listed requirements listed for renewal, applicants must only meet one of them. These practice requirements are:
- The nurse must have practiced for 960 hours or more in the last five years.
- Within the past five years, they must have graduated from a nursing program and received a degree.
- In the past five years, they must have completed a refresher course approved by an Arizona Board.
- The practicing individual must have obtained an advanced nursing degree Nursing Assistant License Renewal in the last five years.
Licenses Renewal for Nurse Assistant
The rules for a nursing assistant are a bit different. In Arizona, a nursing assistant must renew their certification every two years. To renew their license, they have until the last day of their birth month and must pay a $25 renewal fee. For every year the license fails to be renewed there is a late fee of $25, with a cap of $100.
Like a registered nurse and practical nurse, a nursing assistant must include a verified statement. If there is a felony conviction, it must also include the date of discharge from the sentence. Once approved, the nursing assistant will have their license for two years from the last day of their birth month.
Advanced Practice Nurses (APRN)
Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Midwife or Clinical Nurse Specialist’s certification expire when their RN license expires.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA)
CRNA privileges expire when their RN license expires. The Board must receive official certification/re-certification from the National Board on Certification & Re-certification of Nurse Anesthetists in order to renew CRNA privileges.
Certified Medication Assistants License Renewal
Certified Medication Assistants (CMAs) have to renew their nursing medication certification every two years by the last day of their birth month. They must have worked doing medication assistant duties for at least 160 hours in the past two years.
The inactive list is a list of nurses who are not practicing and thus do not need to pay renewal fees. Any nurse who is licensed and is in good standing can request to be on this list. To begin practicing again, the nurse must submit a renewal application with fees including the verified statement regarding any felony convictions. Once approved, they can practice again.
What You Need to Know
Arizona is a compact nursing state, which means they belong to the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact. There are a number of member states, and if you are a resident of Arizona and practice in Arizona, you can use your license in any state that is also a member of the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact.
So, Can a Nurse Continue to Work While Under Investigation with the Arizona Nursing Board? Yes, a licensed nurse in Arizona can continue to work while under investigation with the Arizona Board of Nursing. If an employer were to verify an Arizona nurse on NURSYS (the national database for verification of nurse licensure), the license would now show that the nurse is currently under investigation. The only time a nurse’s license would show an indication of an investigation would be if the nurse was formally disciplined by the Arizona Nursing Board.
Chelle Law is not affiliated with the Arizona Board of Nursing. If you have questions about how to renew your license or license renewal you should contact the Arizona Board of Nursing
If you’re interested in learning more about our Arizona Nursing Board Complaint services and how to protect your rights, set up a consultation with Chelle Law and our Arizona Nursing Attorney reach out to us today.
Arizona Nursing Board Complaint
If you are a nurse in Arizona, you may have questions about how the Arizona Board of Nursing (AZBN) handles an Arizona Board of Nursing Complaint and investigation. A registered nurse (RN), nurse practitioner (NP), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or nursing programs may find themselves at the center of a complaint and or investigation of their license or certificate. Complaints can come from a patient, employer or even another nurse. While investigations can occur because of a criminal conviction, a disciplinary action by another state’s nursing board or the self-report a substance abuse problem.
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- Can a Nurse Continue to Work While Under Investigation?
- Do They Investigate Every Complaint?
- How Do I Report a Nurse For Unprofessional Behavior?
- How Long Does an Investigation Last?
- Investigation Notice
- Nurse License Compact
- What Does the Board Do?
- Will Having an Attorney Make You Look Guilty?
Responding to State of AZ Complaints and Questions
After receiving a complaint or self-report, a nurse receives an Investigative Questionnaire and notice from the Board requesting additional information as well as a response to allegations found in the complaint. From here, the AZBON assigns an investigator and they begin to collect evidence. The documents and evidence collected includes:
- Patient medical records
- Employment files from the nurses employer and business
- Criminal records
- Interviews of people associated with the Board Complaint or nursing program. (These interviewees can include the patient, nursing director, colleagues, etc.)
State Board Complaint Appeal
Once the State Board of Nursing receives all necessary documents and statements, as well as any evidence, the Board will review the case and vote on a decision. The Board of Nursing members may also choose to close the case or file formal charges. If they file formal charges (for instance, due to the denial of a nurse’s application for licensure), they will refer the investigation to an administrative hearing. This AZ Nursing Board Appeals and hearing is then held in front of an administrative law judge at the AZ Office of Administrative Hearings.
Nurse Licensure Complaints
If the Board determines formal disciplinary action is necessary (for instance, failing to report a misdemeanor charge or conviction) it will happen after the completion of an investigation. It’s the job of the Board to review any allegation of a violation within the scope of the Arizona Nurse Practice Act. Thus, at an AZ Nursing Board Meeting the Board will vote to determine the outcome of each investigation. The Board (they do not utilize a disciplinary committee) can vote on a non-disciplinary outcome (which is not generally public) or vote to offer the nurse formal discipline, such as:
- CASE DISMISSAL: The Board of Nursing may dismiss a case if they determine there wasn’t a violation of the AZ Nurse Practice Act.
- LETTER OF CONCERN: A letter from the Board expressing concern the nurse’s conduct wasn’t ideal. However, the conduct doesn’t necessarily violate the Nurse Practice Act.
- ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY: The board may impose an administrative penalty to nurses of no more than $1,000.
- REVOCATION: If the Board revokes a nurse’s license the nurse will be unable to practice for a minimum of five years. After the five year period has ended the nurse will need reapply for their license. Should the nurse reapply for their license they’ll need to demonstrate that the grounds for revocation (substance abuse, mental health problems, criminal convictions etc.) are no longer an issue.
- VOLUNTARY SURRENDER: The nurse voluntarily gives up their license. The benefit of a voluntary surrender is that the Board is usually willing to reduce the amount of time until a nurse can reapply. Usually this is between two to 3 years.
- SUSPENSION: Suspension stops the nurse from practicing for a period of time until the Board of Nursing lifts the suspension.
- PROBATION: Arizona Nursing Board Probation is offered through a Consent Agreement. It requires the nurse to do certain things (drug testing, work supervision, counseling, continuing education). Or alternatively, the nurse must refrain from doing things (unsupervised nursing like home health, working under the Nursing Licensure Compact, using alcohol, etc.).
- DECREE OF CENSURE: A decree of censure is the lowest level of formal discipline. There are no probationary requirements, but the Order will be listed on the website.
CIVIL PENALTY: Similar to a Decree of Censure, but the nurse can be fined (up to $1000 per violation). The Civil Penalty is listed.