As a medical professional, you are well aware of the importance of maintaining the privacy of your patients. In fact, confidentiality is such a critical part of patient care that there are federal laws that regulate the storage, access and transmission of patient records. Most of those regulations are found in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
If you recently reached a turning point in your life, you may be focused on a bright future and taking steps to reach your new goals. You can be proud of yourself because not many people are able to put their pasts behind them and resolve to commit the rest of their lives to helping others. If you are working toward a career in nursing, you likely have this mindset.
You certainly understand the need for society to hold nurses to a high professional standard. While you feel proud to have such an important profession, the weight of the expectations you must meet probably get to you sometimes.
If someone files a complaint against you, your first instinct may be to dig your heels in and refuse to let the complaint change the way you work. After all, nursing is something you know well, and your career may even define you in many ways. Still, once that person files the complaint, the Arizona State Board of Nursing takes it very seriously and will investigate the allegations thoroughly.
Whether you bounce out of bed at the first alarm or drag yourself to work after hitting the snooze button a dozen times, you likely reach a point in most shifts where you remember why you chose nursing as your profession. Those moments of gratification and reward can make the effort worthwhile and renew your commitment to giving quality care to your patients.
To many Arizona nurses, one of the most intimidating aspects of holding a professional license is the thought of having to appear before the Board of Nursing to answer questions in an investigation. You may also shudder to realize the Board expects you to tell them when authorities file certain criminal charges against you.
After the Arizona Board of Nursing receives a complaint about a nurse, the Board sends a formal notice that the complaint is under investigation. If you have recently received such a notice, you may be unsure of how to respond.
Being a nurse is not something you decided on the spur of the moment. You may have dreamed about it as a child or realized you wanted to be part of this noble profession as a young adult. In either case, you remember the years of effort, study, late nights and tuition bills to reach your goal, and now you fear your license may be in danger.
Occasionally something happens at work that fills you with emotion. It makes you either sad, grateful or so full of pride that you can't wait to share it. Maybe it frustrates you or makes you so angry you just have to vent to the world. This kind of thing happens to most people, and this may be why you were stunned to learn that the Board of Nursing is investigating a post you made on social media.
Nurses devote their careers to helping people, but nurses in Arizona also bear scrutiny from multiple sources, including doctors, patients, patients' families, and the Arizona State Board of Nursing. While the board is certainly there to protect patients, the board is generally not on the side of nurses when allegations of professional misconduct arise. That is why it is important to retain a lawyer if your professional license is ever at risk.