—Dear Arizona Nurses or TRAVEL NURSES, and Healthcare Consumers—-
Here is your chance to impact how government works and how their practices, policies, and “rules” affect you, your civil rights, or how you live your daily life, and most importantly your perception of safety while practicing as a Registered Nurse not just in this state but as a Travel Nurse. If you have had personal experiences with the Arizona Board of Nursing, or the Medical Board and want to contribute to this Editor please do so using the information below. Speaking up and speaking out is the only way change wlll be made to current practice environments and the ability to practice with confidence, awareness, and with a sense of security that you don’t have to be fearful. In order for that to happen, stories have to be heard and too many of you in Arizona have relied on telling me your experiences “in secret.” While I respect your privacy and will protect that at all costs…..this does nothing to get the issues out there and the problems that plague our profession in Arizona fixed. Ask for anonymity when you share your story……what could it hurt? If you can tell your story and be heard and feel safe doing it under cover what is there to lose? Healthcare consumers, if your complaints and reports have gone ignored= Please consider the following article that was published in the Arizona Republic today Sunday September 21, 2014……..I cannot make change in this state for nursing alone. I cannot get a bill passed to protect you, alone. Please consider stepping forward and telling your story. Thank You.
A look at how government regulates lives
“Like it or not, government has a larger role in our lives than we might imagine — more than levying taxes, building roads and seeing to the mundane day-to-day activities of governance.
Part of The Republic Watchdog Center’s mission is to keep an eye on the broad range of government activities. Michelle Ye Hee Lee, a reporter on the Government Accountability Team, has an especially focused role: writing about issues and places where government activities intersect with the everyday lives of citizens. In effect, she writes for and about “consumers” of services regulated by government.
It is in that capacity that she began some weeks ago to examine the role of regulatory bodies in Arizona. How many are there? How do they operate? What are they supposed to do?
You might be surprised at the number — at least 50 — and a variety of agencies, boards and commissions that regulate economic and professional activities in Arizona.
Some are better known than others. For example, most people know about state boards that license, regulate and handle complaints about contractors, physicians and nurses.
But how many know that there is an Arizona Regulatory Board of Physician Assistants? In fact, there are licensing/regulatory boards for nearly every health profession — behavioral-health examiners, dentists, optometrists, osteopaths, pharmacists, physical therapists, podiatrists, respiratory care examiners and so on.
How ’bout the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency? Or the Arizona Board of Athletic Training?The list of professions or activities regulated in Arizona includes accountants, acupuncturists, appraisers, architects, barbers, chiropractors, cosmetologists, dispensing opticians, funeral directors and embalmers, homeopaths, massage therapists, naturopaths, occupational therapists, speech pathologists and veterinarians.
That doesn’t include agencies that regulate entire industries, such as the state Departments of Health Services, Insurance, Agriculture, Environmental Quality, Financial Institutions, Housing, Real Estate, Liquor Licensing and Racing. There’s even an Office of Pest Management that “licenses, educates and regulates the pest management industry.”
Some of these agencies are funded through the state general fund. But many of them are funded largely through licensing fees charged to those they regulate. They have varying degrees of regulatory clout, and that is often determined by how many employees they can afford to hire.
Lee is taking the time to learn about these many creatures of statute. And this is where you, the reader, can help. If you are a professional regulated by one of these boards or agencies, or you are a citizen who has interacted with one of them, we’d like to hear about your experience.
This is your opportunity to contribute to coverage of a complex subject that affects us all.
Tell Lee what type of business you had with regulators, what you liked or disliked about the experience, any thoughts you have on their regulatory policies and if you were satisfied with the outcome. By the same token, let her know if you feel you or your concerns have fallen through the regulatory cracks, the victim of some loophole that left your problem unresolved.”
Lee can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com, via Twitter at @myhlee or by phone at 602-444-8290.
ABOUT THE WRITER
Pat Flannery,senior editor for government accountability, has been a Phoenix reporter and editor for 33 years. More than two-thirds of that was spent covering government in its various forms.
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