Will Having an Attorney Make You Look Guilty to The Arizona Nursing Board?
No, having an attorney represent you before the Arizona Board of Nursing will not make you look guilty. The right to counsel is a fundamental right for every nurse licensed in Arizona.
Licensing board defense attorneys focus on the regulation of occupational licenses, which are handled by governmental boards. These attorneys work mainly in administrative law. A professional license defense attorney is a crucial part of the legal process in upholding an individual’s occupational licensing. These professionals provide services for individuals who have been charged with unethical behavior or criminal charges, and also protect their right to work.
The Role of the Arizona Nursing Board Attorney
An occupational license defense lawyer steps in to represent you during these matters, and their key areas of focus can be divided into three categories:
- Application Appeals: defending a person’s application for an occupation when it is denied.
- Unprofessional Conduct Defense: representing practicing professionals who have faced discipline because they’ve been accused with professional misconduct, unethical behavior, or crime.
- Hearings: If appealed a nurse’s case will move forward to the Office of Administrative Hearings in front of an Administrative Law Judge
Nurse License Compact
Nurses in Arizona can get a nursing license that’s good for practicing nursing in other states. This can be beneficial as it allows for more job opportunities for the individual. The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) allows for a recognition of nursing licenses between the states who are members of this compact in the United States. The NLC allows nurses to practice in more than one state without needing additional licenses.
Primary State of Residence
For a Compact license, a nurse is required to apply in the state that is the primary state of residence. The primary state of residence is all about the person’s legal residency status. This is shown by the driver’s license, the person’s voter’s card, and federal income tax returns. It does not have to do whether or not they own property in the state.
When Arizona is the primary residence and the nurse gets her nursing license, that license will be valid in other states that are members of the Nurse Licensure Compact. If the nurse obtained a nursing license in a state that was not their primary state of residence, then that license would not be recognized in other Compact states. Having one license for all the states within Arizona and the Nurse Licensure Compact (listed below) makes it so much easier and less burdensome and less costly than trying to obtain single state licenses in each state where the nurse wants to practice.
Compact License vs Multistate License
A Compact license and a multistate license are the same thing. It can get confusing as the terminology is often used interchangeably.
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.