|LICENSING BOARD:||Arkansas State Board of Nursing|
|ADDRESS:||1123 South University, Suite 800|
Little Rock, AR 72204-1619
The mission of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing is to protect the public and act as their advocate by effectively regulating the practice of nursing. The Arkansas Board of Nursing regulates those engaged in the practice of nursing in Arkansas. The Board governs the issuance of licenses, registrations and certificates for individuals. The Board initiates investigations into complaints and self-reports concerning a nurse’s possible non-compliance with the law, and determines and administers disciplinary actions if it is determined thatArkansas’ Nurse Practice Act has been violated.
Established by the Arkansas Legislature in 1913 to safeguard the life and health of its citizens, the Arkansas State Board of Nursing achieves its mission by developing standards for safe nursing care, approval of nursing schools and regulating licenses to practice nursing.
In addition to the Nurse Practice Act and Rules, there are position statements and guidelines for nurses to follow. The ASBN is responsible for enforcing these laws and rules pertaining to the regulation of nurses, nursing education and nursing practice.
Assistance offered by our Arkansas Board of Nursing Attorney include:
- RESPONSE DRAFTING: Nurses under investigation from a Board of Nursing will receive a request for a written response regarding the allegations of the complaint or self-report. This response needs to be carefully crafted because once it is submitted the statements contained within cannot be withdrawn. Chelle Law can draft your response (with your assistance) using the knowledge gained over the course of assisting many nurses in need of help.
- INTERVIEW PREPARATION: One of the most important parts of a Board of Nursing’s investigation is the investigative interview. The investigative interview is conducted by the Board’s investigator, and it allows the investigator to ask pointed questions regarding the complaint. It also allows the nurse to explain the circumstances behind the complaint or self-report.Prior to the interview Chelle Law can review the likely questions the investigator will ask, and assist you in determining the best way to respond to each question.
- BOARD MEETING GUIDANCE: The purpose of a Board of Nursing’s Board Meeting is to review the complaints or self-reports that have been received and investigated by staff to conclude whether there has been a violation of the Nurse Practice Act, and, if so, determine what disciplinary action should be taken (if any). The nurse is generally given a short period of time (usually up to five (5) minutes per nurse). Board members may ask the nurse questions regarding the investigation. Chelle Law can assist you with your response to the Board and anticipate what questions they may ask you.