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Has the Board of Nursing called your license into question?

Whether you have only been a licensed Arizona nurse for a few months or have been providing medical care and treatment for patients for decades, you can probably still recall the years of your life when you were struggling through nursing school. You no doubt encountered many of the same challenges that other post-secondary students face, such as financial debt, trying to keep up with class assignments and studying for final exams.  

Once you made it and the Arizona Board of Nursing issued your license, you may have felt as if you were standing on top of the world! Becoming a licensed nurse is a great achievement and you may now be among those who find their nursing jobs both rewarding and trying at times. The same Board of Nursing that issued your license has the power to take it away. To avoid problems or address one that has already arisen, it helps to understand more about BONs.  

Women in all types of careers still face pregnancy discrimination

Women often continue to work long into their pregnancies and sometimes practically up until they give birth. However, employer discrimination against pregnant women is still widespread in this country.

Pregnant women are often denied promotions, raises and bonuses. Moreover, when they complain, many suffer retaliation, including the loss of their jobs. A New York Times investigation published this year found that even some of America's largest companies "systematically sideline" pregnant employees. The public sector has seen its fair share of pregnancy discrimination claims as well.

TV host says he was fired for reporting the harassment of others

Anyone who's enduring sexual harassment, abuse or discrimination in the workplace hopes that colleagues who witness this behavior will support them as they report it or that they'll take the initiative to report it themselves. Unfortunately, when people take these actions in support of co-workers, they may find themselves facing illegal retaliation, including the loss of their jobs.

One former television host says that's what happened to him. He's taking legal action.

States moving to end sexual harassment confidentiality agreements

One of many disturbing practices that has come to light in the #MeToo movement is the use of confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) to settle sexual harassment cases. The victims are given money in a settlement in exchange for signing an agreement that they're told forbids them from disclosing the harassment. These agreements have allowed powerful men to keep their jobs and reputations and continue to harass women.

Movie producer Harvey Weinstein reportedly made use of elaborate NDAs to keep his victims from speaking out. One attorney called an agreement she saw "perhaps the most usurious one I have seen in decades of practice."

Does your rude co-worker make your work environment hostile?

Just about every work environment has that one man or woman who makes everyone cringe when they walk in the room. That person can be counted on to make bad jokes, be loud or otherwise act in a manner not socially acceptable to the rest of the group.

Does that mean that your work environment is hostile? Probably not. The law actually requires much more than a micromanaging boss, a socially awkward co-worker or a lack of benefits to make a hostile work environment. The law accounts for cheap bosses and the fact that not everyone will get along all of the time.

Man claims he was fired because he stopped going to Bible study

Can an employer impose their religious beliefs on their employees? Most people would assume that unless they work for a church or an organization affiliated with a particular religion, their own religious beliefs (or lack of them) are irrelevant.

However, an Oregon man says that he was fired from his job with a construction company because he stopped attending a Bible study class that was a requirement for workers. He is suing the company for $800,000.

Tackling age discrimination as America's workforce ages

Americans are living longer and staying healthy and active well into their senior years. That means that more people are working past the one-time "traditional" retirement age of 65. Even for many people who'd like to retire, it's not an option. They have debt, on-going living expenses and family members to support. They need to continue working.

Gone are the days when people worked for one employer for their entire adult lives and then retired with a gold watch and a nice pension. Many people change employers multiple times throughout their careers. That means they're in the job market in the latter half of their lives.

Can employees make surreptitious recordings in the workplace?

Our readers who follow the daily political drama in the nation's capital, have likely seen former White House aide and reality show star Omarosa Manigault Newman on the political talk show circuit discussing her time in the White House and sharing tapes that she surreptitiously made during and after her firing from her position with the Trump administration. One of these is an audio tape of John Kelly, President Trump's chief of staff, dismissing her from her position.

Taping a conversation without the other participant's knowledge is legal in Washington, D.C., where she made the recording, as well as in 38 states, including Arizona. That's known as "one-party consent." However, employment attorneys as well as human resources professionals generally agree that taping workplace interactions isn't wise.

Keeping your real estate license valid

Whether you fell into it or always wanted to sell real estate, you may have quickly learned that it can be a rewarding and satisfying job. Of course, you put in long hours and spend many evenings and weekends away from your family showing houses and commercial buildings to potential buyers. Nevertheless, helping individuals, families and business owners find just the right property is worth the many frustrations that come with the work.

Obtaining and maintaining your real estate license is a high priority, and the state of Arizona requires you to have such a license if you act as an agent for others looking to buy or sell property. This is why it is best to be aware of the potential risks to your license and take every step to avoid them.

Common hardships that nurses often face

Working in the medical field may have been a lifelong dream of yours. Rather than aspiring to be a general physician or surgeon, however, you wanted to become a nurse. This profession would allow you to come in contact with many different people that you could help in various and important ways.

While you may have had expectations of helping people and receiving their immense gratitude, after becoming a nurse, you may have come to understand the immense struggles that plague these individuals on a daily basis. While you still enjoy your work and want nothing to come in between you and your ability to perform your duties, you may still struggle under the stress of the job.