For the most part disciplinary actions from the AZBON seem to have a ring of validity to them, and the Board is very good at giving the appearance of protecting the public. After the Nurse Trujillo debacle that image is basically trash once she published her story. Many of us now know that nursing as a patient to be advocate could make you a criminal. The following post by a well experienced nurse of long term duration defines where nursing is today.
Regardless of individual good intentions, BONs, at least in AZ, represent a powerful group of political appointees given discretion and deference in excess of most judges – they operate in relative secrecy, with no legal mandate to conclude any given case, ever. With little effort or time, we have found multiple clear conflicts of interest in the Trujillo case, in which Board members have strong financial ties with the source of the complaint against her, Banner Corp. It seems this BON may well represent a distressed entity, with heavy demands and limited resources.
There seem to be no standards or restrictions on filing a complaint, and no culpability for misuse of the system by those filing them, unlike a typical Judicial system, in which cases may be accepted or rejected on their merits, and public access to proceeding is the general rule. Perhaps as a result, with a tiny budget and little time, this group of impressive professionals face nearly a thousand new cases annually, to which an average case, after a mere 17 hours of total investigation, nevertheless requires 7 months to come to any conclusion. I draw these numbers from public official State data Amanda Trujillo has waited a year, her future in limbo, and her efforts to seek support have been criticized – is it reasonable for anyone to expect a conscientious unemployed professional to wait 7 to 12 months without seeking any support? No such standard is placed on criminal suspects or those subject to civil litigation – why in the world would a system with less allowance for due process require more of those who stand accused? For more information, see wp.me/s278fi-535
As with most Nurses today, it seems likely that AZ BON suffers from challenging systems issues – an inadequate budget, and no protection I’ve been able to find against employers’ or others’ abuse of this system for retaliatory purposes. For this reason, I have file an open letter to the office of the AZ Governor , as a concerned citizen and Nurse – see wp.me/p278fi-9v