Note: Letters of Concern are the proverbial “slap on the hand” tucked away in a file away from public view form of “discipline” in Arizona. So if an employer or patient were to look up a nurse’s license, these incidents would be hidden from public view.
Quinn moved McCormies seconded and it was unanimously carried to issue a letter of concern for his 08/15/2014 conviction of unlawful discharge of a firearm, a class six undesignated felony in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Arizona, which was reduced to a misdemeanor by the same court on 11/06/2014.
AZBON: “Prostitution, misdemeanor theft, felony possession of narcotic drugs? Sure, well give you a license and a Letter of No Concern!”
Quinn moved Berrigan seconded and it was unanimously carried upon meeting all certification requirements grant certification and issue a Letter Of Concern for conviction for misdemeanor prostitution in Phoenix, Arizona; conviction for misdemeanor theft in Phoenix, Arizona; conviction for misdemeanor trespassing in Phoenix, Arizona; and arrest and subsequent dismissal after diversion for felony possession of a narcotic drug (cocaine) in Phoenix, Arizona.
Resisting Arrest? Dangerous Drug Use? Obstructing Police? DUI with drugs???
No problem, the Arizona Board of Nursing will give you a letter of no concern AND AN ANESTHESIA LICENSE!
Because its how they protect the public at large……..
Quinn moved Berrigan seconded and it was unanimously carried to grant CRNA certification upon meeting all requirements and issue a letter of concern for applicants arrest on or about 05/18/2012 for DUI/DUI drugs, dangerous drug use, resisting officer, obstructing police, and operating with a defective headlight for which applicant’s actions cause physical injury to the trooper resulting in applicants guilty plea to resisting arrest, a misdemeanor.
Hell, you can play doctor in this state and get a Letter of No Concern…….
McCormies moved Preston seconded and it was unanimously carried issue a Letter of Concern for on or about 05/13/2013 for acting outside of scope of practice when she administered Ativan a benzodiazepine medication intramuscularly and sent the patient to the emergency room without a physician’s order while employed at Con Med Healthcare Services and working at the Pima County adult detention Center in Tucson, Arizona
NARCOTIC DRUG DIVERSION? No problem! The AZBON has got your back with…yes…..a Letter of No Concern!
McCormies moved Dalton seconded and it was unanimously carried to issue a Letter of Concern against respondents privilege to practice nursing in Arizona for placing a partially filled vile of injectable versed and a partially filled vile of injectable ketamine—- control medications used to sedate patients during surgical or medical procedures—– in…to the pocket of flight suit with intention of taking the medications home for his personal emergency backcountry kit while employed as a flight nurse at ******* in Flagstaff, Arizona, on or about 10/26/2012, and for documenting that he wasted a partially filled vile of injectable morphine a controlled analgesic medication, but failed to waste it while employed as a flight nurse at ******* in Flagstaff, Arizona in or about November 2013
Forget to document a CODE???? No Problem! (Im sure the families appreciated this)
Letter Of Concern:
McCormies moved Berrigan seconded and it was unanimously carried issue a Letter of Concern for failing to document a patient care assessment, routine or crisis care provided to patient A on or about 12/03/2012 while employed by Banner staffing services and on duty as an RN at Banner Gateway Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona. After discussion, the motion failed with 5 opposed and 3 in favor…. upon re vote it was unanimously carried to dismiss the complaint.
The Board doesn’t seem to take patient abuse too seriously either, or the non reporting of patient abuse……….
But, they LOVE TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC.
McCormies moved, Dalton seconded and it was unanimously carried to issue a Letter of Concern for her failure to report knowledge of patient abuse, which occurred in the beginning to the middle of January 2015 in a timely manner while working as a certified nursing assistant at reflections hospice in Mesa, Arizona…..
McCormies moved Dalton seconded and it was unanimously carried to issue a Letter of oncern for her 09/26/2012 allegation of abusing a patient with ALS
How many of you would like it if YOUR NURSE was doing homework during your conscious sedation procedure—-AND GIVING YOU THE WRONG DOSE OF MEDICATION???? THE ARIZONA BOARD OF NURSING SEEMS TO THINK ITS NO BIGGIE……FOR ALL YOU CONSUMERS, THIS WAS AT TUCSON MEDICAL CENTER.
But the AZBON—does after all—-like to look out for the PROTECTION OF PATIENTS.
McCORMIES moved Dalton seconded and it was unanimously carried to issue a Letter of oncern for administering the incorrect amount of intravenous droperidol, 1.25 mg to patient a instead of the order dose of 0.625 mg, incorrectly documenting the dosage given his 5 mg, and failing to adhere to the 5 rights of medication administration to ensure patient safety on or about 12/07/2012, and for violating a standard of care by doing online homework while providing care to a patient receiving conscious sedation during a procedure on or about 02/09/2012 while on duty at University of Arizona medical Center in Tucson, Arizona
Care providers testing positive for marijuana? No problem. There’s a “Letter of No Concern” for that too.
Quinn moved, Dalton seconded, and it was unanimously carried issue a Letter of Concern for his positive drug test results for marijuana pursuant to a random drug screen by his former employer. Casa Delacruz hospice in Tucson, Arizona, on or about 10/16/2013
EXTREME DUI’S, REPEAT OFFENSES……HAND IN HAND AT THE AZBON. They all get Letters of No Concern.
So, im assuming that with each person injured or killed the nurse will get a Letter of Concern as well right?
Post moved Preston seconded to issue a Letter of Concern for 01/18/2013 misdemeanor conviction of extreme DUI with blood alcohol level greater than .15 in Phoenix Municipal Court case number 14421017 in Phoenix, Arizona
“Post moved. Preston seconded, and it was unanimously carried issue a Letter of Concern for 10/18/2013 misdemeanor convictions of DUI, DUI, with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more, extreme DUI with a blood alcohol of .15 – .19 and extreme DUI with a blood alcohol of .20 or greater in Scottsdale Municipal Court in Scottsdale, Arizona”
“Quinn moved Berrigan seconded and it was unanimously carried issue a Letter of Concern for 09/30/2014 conviction in Scottsdale city court case number TR201400816 for driving under the influence and extreme DUI with BAC of .15 or more class one misdemeanors in Scottsdale, Arizona.”
NURSES INVOLVED IN DUI HIT AND RUN??? NO PROBLEM! PROTECTING THE PUBLIC IS PARAMOUNT.
No harm no foul: Letter of Concern from the Arizona Board of Nursing:
Quinn moved Dalton seconded and after discussion, it was unanimously carried to issue a Letter of Concern for her 09/27/2014 arrest for DUI and hit-and-run from a scene of an accident. Both misdemeanors in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Dalton moved McCormies seconded and it was unanimously carried to issue a Letter of Concern for misdemeanor conviction for extreme DUI with alcohol concentration of .20 or greater on or about 07/18/2014 in Phoenix Municipal Court Phoenix, Arizona, and for failing to report the charge is for for DUI related offenses and running a red light in April 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Preston moved Post seconded and it was unanimously carried issue a Letter of oncern for her 12/02/2013 arrest for DUI in Santan Valley, Arizona.
Quinn moved Delton seconded to issue a Letter of Concern for 11/22/2014 arrest for DUI, improper right turn and improper left turn all misdemeanors and conviction of DUI a misdemeanor in the Municipal Court of Tempe, Arizona
McCormies moved Dalton seconded and it was unanimously carried issue a Letter of Concern for 02/05/2014 arrest for DUI and extreme DUI for which she was convicted on 09/16/2014 pursuant to a plea of guilty of extreme DUI a misdemeanor in the Scottsdale City Court, Scottsdale, AZ and on her failure to report. Discharge within 10 days as required by the nurse practice act
Quinn moved McCormies seconded and it was unanimously carried to grant licensure upon meeting all requirements and issue a Letter of Concern for her 03/27/2014 misdemeanor convictions of driving under the influence and a DUI subsequent arrest in Las Vegas Municipal Court in Las Vegas, Nevada resulting from 2 separate DUI incidents occurring on 02/13/2012 and 10/17/2012.