There are many laws that affect nurses or deal with the practice of nursing in Arizona. The majority of the laws regarding the practice of nursing are held within the Arizona Revised Statutes “A.R.S.”. Under the A.R.S. a person is guilty of a Class 6 felony who:
1. Sells or fraudulently obtains or furnishes any nursing diploma, certificate, license, permit or record.
2. Engages in any conduct prohibited by Arizona nursing laws. (Read a previous blog explaining the prohibited conduct).
3. Operates a training or educational program regulated by Arizona nursing law unless the program is a currently approved program.
4. Practices nursing or obtains a nursing position through fraudulent representation or a fraudulent diploma, license or permit.
A class 6 felony is the least severe felony conviction, but can lead to penalties of up to 2 years in prison. However, a first time felony offender who is convicted of a class 6 felony not involving a dangerous offense will likely only see 3 months in prison if there are mitigating circumstances.
If you have a question about nursing laws under the Arizona Revised Statutes contact Attorney Robert Chelle.