When is Discipline from the Arizona Nursing Board Removed From the NPDB?
Formal discipline from the Arizona Board of Nursing is never removed from the National Practitioner Database (“NPDB”). The NPDB is a web-based repository of reports containing information on medical malpractice payments and certain adverse actions related to health care practitioners, providers, and suppliers. Many employers will run a NPDB report prior to hiring a nurse.
What Does the Board Consider Discipline?
- Voluntary Surrender
- Probation (Consent Agreement)
- Civil Penalty
- Decree of Censure
A nurse who is the subject of a disciplinary report submitted to the NPDB can submit a statement that provides additional information the nurse would like included with the report. The nurse cannot modify, correct, or void the report, only the Arizona Board of Nursing may do so.
The subject statement becomes part of the report and remains with the report unless edited or removed. The statement is sent to the reporting organization, all querying organizations who received a copy of the report within the past 3 years and is included in future query responses.
Voluntary Surrender and NURSYS
So, Why an Arizona Nurse Should Not Voluntarily Surrender? A voluntary surrender will place a permanent mark on a nurse’s record; thus a nurse must make absolutely certain they are making an informed decision. A voluntary surrender is when a licensee chooses voluntarily to surrender a professional license or voluntarily agrees not to renew one’s license, usually to resolve an outstanding complaint instead of going through the investigatory process that could lead to discipline, suspension or revocation.
A voluntary surrender is considered formal discipline. Any formal disciplinary action from the Arizona Nursing Board is reported to NURSYS and the National Practitioner Database.
What is NURSYS
NURSYS is a comprehensive national database that enables nurses to gain access to information about their practice privileges and the state board they are registered with. Employers can use this service as well because it helps them verify whether someone meets necessary requirements on licensing, discipline history and past employment records all from one source.
Under current Arizona law, once a disciplinary action is reported to NURSYS from the Arizona Nursing Board it can never be removed. Disciplinary actions used to be removed from the Board’s website after 5 years; however, that policy has changed now that the Board no longer hosts their own license verification.
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