Scope of Practice Committee


Scope of Practice Committee
Purpose: The Scope of Practice committee draws together a diverse membership, including but not limited to, staff nurses, administrators and faculty members, which represent various health care settings throughout the state. The Committee responds to questions regarding scope of practice which are assigned by the Board or which arise when questions are received from the public. Issues relating to LPNs and RNs are addressed in this committee (Nursing Assistant issues are referred to the Scope of Practice consultant). Examples of the work product of the committee are found in the Advisory Opinions, i.e. statements developed by the committee and approved by the Board. Advisory Opinions are developed to guide nursing practice in relation to a specific nursing activity
  1. Review and Revise current advisory opinions.
  2. Respond to the changing health care environment by addressing scope of practice issues and developing advisory opinions when appropriate.
  3. Discuss and deliberate scope of practice issues when requested and make recommendations to the Board regarding specific issues.
Meeting Schedule
Meeting Schedule:

The committee is scheduled to meet 5 times in  2021. Meeting times are 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Meetings are held in the Board Room at the Board of Nursing Office and are open to the public. 

2021 meeting dates are:

January 12, 2021- Board Room C

March  2, 2021-  Board Room C

June 1, 2021 - Board Room B

August 31, 2021 - Board Room B

November 30, 2021 - Board Room C

Meeting Agenda
Download the Agenda:To be posted two weeks prior to meeting
Committee Members


Elizabeth Boyer RN, BSN – Board Member

Ceclia Anderson, RN, BSN - Board Member

Judy Bontrager, RN, MN – Board Staff

Ruth Kish, RN, MN – Board Staff

Joey Ridenour, RN, MN – Executive Director, Board Staff

Alexander Woodruff, RN, MSN, CCRN

Andrea Walters, BAN,RN,CPAN

Angela Miranda, MSN,RN

Angie Bannochie, RNC-NIC, BSN

Ashley Lax, RN, BSN, CANS

Beth Nillen, RN, BSN, *JD Inactive status while pursuing nursing

Cyndi Luciano, RN, MSN, MBA

Debbie Barrett-Bryson, BSN, MSN-Ed, MHA, RNC-OB, CCE, CCM

Eileen Smith, MSN, ACNS-BC, RN-BC

Fernando Trinidad, LPN, MS, Public Health

Jane Sederstrom, MSN, RN, CCRN, AGCNS-BC

Jennifer Ernst, MSN, MS, RN, GCNS-BC

Josienne Prinz, RN, MSN, MHA, CCRN

Kim Day, DNP, RN

Lorenza “Lori” Villegas-Murphy, MSN, RN

Marie Murray, RN, BSN, CCRN, MS NED

Robert Wallace, RN, MSN

Sherrie Palmieri, DNP, MBA, RN, CNE, CPHQ

Sheryl Parfitt, MSN, RNC-OB

Scope of Practice Committee Membership Expectations
  1. Attends at least 6 out of 8 scheduled meetings
  2. Commits to reading SOP packet prior to the scheduled meetings.
  3. Serves on a subcommittee for review of a minimum of 3 advisory opinions each year.
  4. Serves as “lead person” on at least 1 of the Advisory Opinion reviews in my first term of membership on the SOP committee, and once per year in my second term, if reappointed by the Board.
  5. Provides feedback to their facility staff /administration about new/revised advisory opinions that the Board has approved.
  6. Consistently gathers input from various units within their facility about what the nursing staff / administration/policies currently include and/or what staff suggest that should be considered for inclusion, regarding advisory opinions that are currently being reviewed.
  7. As lead person completes “Review of Advisory Opinion Worksheet” (attached) to keep sub- committee members fully informed of assignments, responsible persons, and critical submission dates.
  8. As lead person, makes sure that draft advisory opinion changes and educational information for the SOP packet are submitted on or before the established date for inclusion in the packet.
  9. Is an active RN or LPN in good standing.

Download the Membership Expectations Form

Call for Members
The Scope of Practice Committee is currently recruiting nurses who are interested in volunteering to serve on the Scope of Practice Advisory Committee for a two-year term beginning June 2021 - June 2023.

 The committee has a rich and diverse membership, which includes nurses from various population foci and specialties throughout the state. Examples of the work produced by the committee may be found on the Arizona State Board of Nursing website at under the Scope Of Practice tab and then under Advisory Opinions.

 The committee meets a minimum of four times per, usually in March, June, September, and December. The meetings are generally held from 10 a.m. - 2p.m. in a Conference Room at the Arizona Board of Nursing, located at 1740 West Adams, Suite 2000, in Phoenix.

 If you are interested in applying to serve as a volunteer on the AZBN Scope of Practice Committee, please submit your resume via email "[email protected]" or U.S mail to Judy Bontrager, RN.MN. Arizona Board of Nursing, 1740 West Adams, Suite 2000 Phoenix,Arizona 85007 by March 15, 2021. Email interviews will be conducted in March and April. The Board will appoint new and returning committee members at the May 2021 Board Meeting.