The Arizona State Board of Nursing (AZBN) is an organization that protects the public by ensuring that all nurses holding a license or certificate are competent to practice safely. The board approves education programs and also regulates the practice of nursing (Arizona State Board of Nursing, 2012). The board holds a meeting almost every month to discuss issues and rule on present cases. The purpose of this paper is to identify and discuss agenda items of the attended Arizona State Board of Nursing’s monthly professional meeting.
The Arizona State Board of Nursing held a board meeting on Friday, September 27, 2013. The portion attended via live video stream began at 10:30am with the committee reports and lasted through the dialogue with current nursing students. Several board members were in attendance including Board President Randy Quinn, RN, MSN, CRNA and Executive Director Joey Ridenour. Board Secretary Terri Berrigan, LPN, C-AL, and Board Member Patricia Johnson, LPN also attended the meeting. The Board President, Randy Quinn, is currently employed as a Registered Nurse Anesthetist. He practices at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix. Mr. Quinn is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the Arizona Association of Nurse Anesthetists (Arizona State Board of Nursing, 2012).
The two-day agenda consisted of scheduled appearances, investigative reports, addressing letters of concern, lapsed license and certificate reviews, board member reports for discussion, and dialogue with current nursing students (Arizona State Board of Nursing, 2012). These agenda items were addressed over a two-day period, concluding with the dialogue with nursing students. This paper focuses mainly on the dialogue with current nursing students.
The agenda item that required the most time for discussion was the dialogue with current nursing students. This is an item on the agenda of every monthly meeting. Students from four local nursing schools, including Grand Canyon University, were asked to present at the front of the room to ask any desired questions, and to discuss their feelings about the board meeting. All four nursing students agreed and stated that the meeting was intimidating.
Substance abuse was a popular topic of discussion among the nursing students. It was surprising how many nurses were being reprimanded for some sort of substance abuse issue. The president addressed the students asking them why they thought that substance abuse caused many nurses to have their licensure suspended or even revoked. One Grand Canyon University student replied that a nurse’s behaviors outside of work says something about their character. If the nurse has trouble following the laws of the state, they may also have problems with following them at work.
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