Agency 5-Year Plan

Issue 1

Assure governance framework supports the Board's mission and vision

Description: Processes for defining and delivering good decisions and leadership for the good of the public as a whole through the regulation of the practice of nursing and the approval of nursing education programs.


  1. Ensure board members are educated on principles of governance;
  2. Improve evidenced based decision making by integrating data driven processes;
  3. Enhance communication between the Board and consumers, key stakeholders and Advisory Committees to support change and innovation for improved public protection;
  4. Develop educational outreach activities related to nursing regulation

Issue 2

License/certify only qualified nurses and nursing assistants that assures public safety

Description: Assuring only qualified individuals are licensed or certified and have the basic educational preparation to practice safely.


    1. Improve processes for licensure/certification;
    2. Implement "promising practices" from the National Council State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Commitment to Ongoing Excellence research; c). Maximize use of technology for licensing applications/verifications;
    3. Implement electronic finger printing process;
    4. Implement legislation in 2019 for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Compact

Issue 3

Investigate unsafe or incompetent nurses and licensed/certified nursing assistants; remediate or remove from practice

Description: Regulation-Enforcement, Discipline & CANDO Program.
Enforcing scope and standards of practice of licensed nurses and licensed/certified nursing assistants.


      1. Provide for an effective alternative to discipline under the program for nurses who have substance abuse disorders (CANDO) and other psychiatric/medical issues;
      2. Update disciplinary guidelines for consistent sanctions utilizing evidence based regulation and precedents;
      3. Improve processes for investigations and compliance;
      4. Provide for an effective probationary period for those that need monitoring due to licensing conditions;
      5. Promote evidenced based regulation and practice breakdown research that provides for public protection.

Issue 4

Review and approve or sanction nursing education programs consistent with Board rules

Description: Nursing Education Program Initial & Continuing Program Approval.
Enforcing standards to promote the preparation of qualified candidates for licensure & certification.


      1. Review and improve educational rules that guides quality education regardless of educational delivery method;
      2. Review and approve or sanction nursing educational programs consistent with Board rules;
      3. Support statewide conferences to enhance competencies of nursing program faculty;
      4. Review and investigate nursing program complaints and, evaluate for trends; report to nursing programs as is appropriate;
      5. Obtain program admission and completion data and partner with programs/facilities to address issues;
      6. Identify research topics related to nursing regulation and develop strategies to conduct research.

Issue 5

Ensure nursing regulations are up-to-date and reflect state of the art & science of practice.

Description: The current trends in public policy, the nursing practice, and education.

Solutions: Monitor trends in public policy, nursing practice, and education and make amendments to the Nurse Practice Act, ensuring that the State's nursing statutes and rules reflect contemporary practice.

Resource Assumptions

  FY2021 Estimate FY2022 Estimate FY2023 Estimate
Full-Time Equivalent Positions 57.5 57.5 57.5
General Fund 0.0 0.0 0.0
Other Appropriated Funds 4,860.5 4,860.5 4,860.5
Non-Appropriated Funds 0.0 0.0 0.0
Federal Funds 518.6 518.6 518.6
Arizona State Board of Nursing - Nursing Regulatory Journal
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Application Waiver
Pursuant to HB 2372 (A.R.S. section 41-1080.01), the Arizona State Board of Nursing began processing license application fee waivers in FY2018. As of ...
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
New dates for Nurse Licensure Compact webinars for public
At the link below are new dates for the remainder of 2019 for the public NLC educational webinars. Webinar Summer and Fall 2019 Dates
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Kratom Fact Sheet for Healthcare Professionals
Please see the below fact sheet for information about Kratom. Fact Sheet
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Arizona State Board of Nursing Considers Complaints Against Valerie Brehm, Kathryn DelReal, and Mckenzie Gillies
On May 16, 2019, the Arizona State Board of Nursing, in an open meeting, considered investigations pending against Valerie Brehm, Kathryn DelReal, and...


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 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.