What is CANDO?

CANDO is the Board of Nursing's non-disciplinary, confidential monitoring program for chemically dependent nurses, who meet the eligibility/admission criteria into CANDO, and who voluntarily enter into the program.

What do the letters C.A.N.D.O stand for?

Chemically Addicted Nurses Diversion Option

How do nurses get referred to the CANDO program?

  • Self Referral
  • Licensure Renewal/Endorsement/Application
  • Employer Referral
  • Legal Agencies/Other Regulatory Referral
  • Other Community Referral

What is the purpose/intent of the CANDO program?

To provide for the public's safety and welfare through the early detection, treatment and monitoring of chemically dependent nurses.

What are the components of the CANDO Agreement?

  • Three Years
  • Chemical Dependency Treatment
  • AA/NA Attendance
  • Nurse Recovery Group Attendance
  • Random Drug Screening
  • Abstain from all potentially addicting drugs, including alcohol
  • Nursing Employer/School of Nursing Involvement
  • Work Restrictions
  • Medical Care Provider Involvement

Why is the CANDO Agreement a three year agreement?

Chemical Dependency is a disease where relapse is common. In an effort to develop a strong recovery foundation and ensure public safety, licensees in CANDO must demonstrate a minimum of three years of recovery.

Do other states have a similar program for chemically dependent nurses?

Yes, there are over 25 states with similar programs and several other states in the process of obtaining approval or implementing a diversion program for chemically dependent nurses.

How do I find out more about CANDO?

By calling the Arizona State Board of Nursing's CANDO Program at (602) 771-7800 and choose option 4.


Document and Form Downloads

Arizona State Board of Nursing - Nursing Regulatory Journal
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Call for Members - Advanced Practice Committee
ADVANCED PRACTICE COMMITTEE CALL FOR MEMBERS The Advance Practice Committee is currently recruiting advanced practices nurses who are interested in vo...
Thursday, December 21, 2017
eNLC Final Rules
The Interstate Commission of Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators https://www.ncsbn.org/enlcrules.htm
Monday, November 06, 2017
Notice Enhanced NLC Proposed Rules And Notice of Public Hearing Summary of Proposed Action Introduction: The Interstate Commission of Nurse Licensure ...
Friday, October 13, 2017
Arizona Clinicians: Register for state's new electronic death registration system
Arizona Department of Health Services has implemented the state’s new electronic death registration system, the Database Application for Vital Events ...


Statement of locations where all notices of the meetings of the Arizona State Board of Nursing will be posted.

Pursuant to A.R.S. §38-431.02(A)(1)(a), the Arizona State Board of Nursing will post all notices of the meetings of the Arizona State Board of Nursing Meetings and any of its committees and subcommittees on the Board's website at www.azbn.gov. Notices will indicate the date, time, and place of the meeting and will include an agenda or information concerning the manner in which the public may obtain an agenda for the meeting.