RN Title Protection Law
AZ Revised Statute § 32-1636
A. Only a person who holds a valid and current license to practice registered nursing in this state or in a party state pursuant to section 32-1668 may use the title "nurse", "registered nurse", "graduate nurse" or "professional nurse" or the abbreviation "R.N.".
B. Only a person who holds a valid and current license to practice practical nursing in this state or in a party state as defined in section 32-1668 may use the title "nurse", "licensed practical nurse" or "practical nurse" or the abbreviation "L.P.N.".
DR Title Protection Law
AZ Revised Statute § 32-1455
B. The following acts if committed by a person not licensed under this chapter or exempt from licensure pursuant to section 32-1421 are class 2 misdemeanors:
1. The use of the designation "M.D." in a way that would lead the public to believe that a person was licensed to practice medicine in this state.
2. The use of the designation "doctor of medicine", "physician", "surgeon", "physician and surgeon" or any combination thereof unless such designation additionally contains the description of another branch of the healing arts.
3. The use of the designation "doctor" by a member of another branch of healing arts unless there is set forth with each such designation the other branch of the healing arts concerned.
4. The use of any other words, initials, symbols or combination thereof which would lead the public to believe such person is licensed to practice medicine in this state.
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Workplace Violence Laws
AZ Revised Statute §13-1204
A person commits aggravated assault if the person commits assault, and the person committing the assault knows or has reason to know that the victim is a licensed or certified health care practitioner. This does not apply if the person who commits the assault is seriously mentally ill, as defined in section 36-550, or is afflicted with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia. If the guilty person causes serious physical injury to another or uses a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument it is a class 3 felony. If the person commits the assault by any means of force that causes temporary but substantial disfigurement, temporary but substantial loss or impairment of any body organ or part or a fracture of any body part it is a class 4 felony. All lesser degrees of assault are a class 6 felony.
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RN Procedural Sedation Rules
It is within the Scope of Practice of a Registered Nurse to administer medications to provide moderate sedation for the purposes of diagnostic or therapeutic procedures. Under the following guidelines:
A) A written policy and procedure is maintained by the employer,
B)The registered nurse administering the medication and/or monitoring the patient receiving the medication shall have supervised clinical practice, and current certification appropriate to thepatient population such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation Program or a substantially equivalent educational program appropriate to the age of the patient who will be sedated.
C) The nurse administering medications for moderate sedation/analgesia must possess the knowledge of and demonstrate competency in applying this practice.
Arizon State Board of Nursing
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RN Safe Staffing Laws
Each hospital licensed in this state shall establish a hospital nurse staffing committee. The committee must consist of at least fifty-five per cent of registered nurses who provide direct care in the hospital.
Introduced 2/4/14; No Action
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