The board is in control of your license, your future, your career, and your livelihood. Draconian board members are inconsistent , play favoritism and have no common sense .
Many cases of nurses , NP, CNA, who have worked for years in other states with no problems . On a back ground check some minor offense as a teen shows up . The other states license the person, they worked well , have excellent references . AZ will order psychological evaluations on almost every case. At the Nurses expense , (most states want a psych evaluation , the board pays). These can be extremely expensive . The AZ BON has a list of who you can go to , no one else . These psychs, are well versed , in ‘finding something ” , if they want to remain on “the list”. Just recommending counseling will mean PROBATION.
When the applicant finds out the hoops that AZ does , nothing like what they were used to in their home state. They decide not to work in AZ or do a travel assignment . They decide they want to withdraw their application . Seems simple enough. Not AZ harsh BON. They will DENY LICENSE ! In case you do not know what that means. In Short your entire LIFE is messed up , not only your nursing career , but any job , that you want to apply for or work in any other field you are barred from .
The general public does not know that a BON will act so punitively over some unrelated to nursing one time action . They look at it as you must have done something really bad to have a denial, have a license acted on . Word is out to nurses to avoid Arizona , they think about the sunshine in the winter, the hiking trails, the red rocks . Go on vacation , and have a good time but work in states that have strong unions and do not put up with a BON like the one in AZ.