While working on my research this evening I noted that in the July 2014 Arizona Board of Nursing Meeting Minutes, the Board may have engaged in yet another session of “Eenie Meanie Monnie Moe” by deciding to no longer publish its rulings pertaining to “Letters of Concern” or “Cases Dismissed” for public access within the meeting minutes as it has been done in previous years. You can access the link HERE to decipher for yourself…..This is bad for several reasons. It is not in the public’s best interest to be kept from that information because (Sorry Valerie Smith I know you hate this) they have “the right to know.” If the Arizona Board of Nursing can publish “some” outcomes, they should be publicizing ALL outcomes. Its not just about inequity, its also about allowing the citizens of Arizona and members of the profession in Arizona to keep abreast of what is truly happening in the board room. The public has a right to be able to research things of this nature, just as members of the profession do, to ensure that the state agency is doing what it has been delegated to do by the Arizona State Legislature. Or has it forgotten that its existence is purely dependent on the Sunrise/Sunset Clause as set forth by the aforementioned Legislature?
It seems to me, that this is just another example of the Arizona Board of Nursing stepping back into the shadows, hiding. It’s in their best interest to be promoting ease of access to information, rather than making the public travel down to the board building itself in order to access the “lists” of those nurses issued Letters of Concern or Case Dismissals. (If you are familiar with trying to access ANYTHING at the Board’s offices you already know its like trying to pull a watermelon out of…..well, choose “A” or “B” and lets leave it at that.) If they have the money to install and maintain the technology for live streaming on their website, and to print, publish and distribute their regulatory journals to every legislator, nurse, and their tenth cousin three times a year then they have the ability to fix this little “glitch” in transparency. My most recent blogs have highlighted a grave inequity in disciplinary measures at the Board of Nursing, some of which have allowed potentially harmful practitioners to continue to be out in the public practicing, putting the public in direct danger. If the public and members of the profession do not have the access to the information required to remain in full disclosure of an Agency that is charged with overseeing not just the safety of the public but licensed carrying providers then that indeed is a problem. Not only will the members of the nursing profession in Arizona question the practices of this agency, but it also causes the public to question to what extent, if at all, the Arizona Board of Nursing is functioning in the best interests of its constituency……or perhaps to what degree it is serving its own needs……my guess is the latter of the two……but I could be a little biased.