Some readers asked me for comments on a current petition drive to encourage improvements in the Arizona State Board of Nursing. I published my research into Arizona BON corruption two years ago. The results led me then to strongly recommend against working as a nurse or becoming a hospital patient anywhere in Arizona. The evidence strongly suggests that Arizona is not a safe place for either group. Its nursing regulatory system – BON – shows pervasive corruption and inefficiency that ill serves the public good. Instead, it seems to strongly protects those who abuse, defraud, of mistreat patients. Arizona BON openly provides abusers with a free and reliable means to defame, crush, and silence any nurses who report or interfere with any patient and staff abuse or mistreatment, malpractice, fraud, or any other corruption. I made my work available to the Board and Governor Brewer two years ago. All nurses in Arizona are subject to fraudulent corporate accusations, months of administrative delay with no privacy or presumption of innocence, and license revocation by a Board loaded with members who work for the very corporations that submit the complaints. Hence, an intolerably unsafe place to work.
Allow me to expand a bit on my research, with links for those who seek more detail:
Arizona grants BON members the power to end any nurses’ career without any due process or accountability. They serve unlimited terms without any requirements to maintain their competence. They often work for the same employers demanding revocation of nurses’ licenses, whose cases they decide. They are political appointees who work for the Governor.
As of 2012, Arizona rated a D+ on The Center for Public Integrity grading scale for corruption, with F scores in State Civil Service Management, Insurance Commissions, and Ethics Enforcement. Governor Brewer focused her response entirely on squelching such inconvenient news.
Arizona ensures that about 1000 nurses spend more than 7 months unable to work each year. Many thousands more suffer lesser delays. On receiving complaints, AZBON immediately publishes the accused nurses’ names, ensuring their extended unemployment regardless of innocence, as their cases slowly grind through an underfunded investigation process.
In response to public advocacy against corruption, Arizona enacted a law allowing state officials to fine and/or jail anyone anywhere on earth if they found anything posted on-line “annoying.”
For those interested: