ARSBN - Discipline
The full statutory citations for disciplinary actions can be found under Nurse Practice Act, Subchapter 3, §17-87-309. Frequent violations are ACA §17-87-309 (a) (1) “Is guilty of fraud or deceit in procuring or attempting to procure a license to practice nursing or engaged in the practice of nursing without a valid license;” (a) (2) “Is guilty of a crime or gross immorality;” (a) (4) “Is habitually intemperate or is addicted to the use of habit forming drugs;” (a)(6) “Is guilty of unprofessional conduct;” and (a) (9) “Has willfully or repeatedly violated any of the provisions of this chapter.” Other orders by the Board include civil penalties (CP), specific education courses (ED), and research papers (RP). Probation periods vary and may include an impaired-nurse contract with an employer and/or drug monitoring and treatment programs. Each individual nurse is responsible for reporting any actual or suspected violations of the Nurse Practice Act.
To submit a report or to receive additional information, contact the Nursing Practice Section at 501-686-2700 or Arkansas State Board of Nursing, 1123 South University, Suite 800, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204.
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Filing a Complaint
For the Arkansas State Board of Nursing to take action on a nurse’s license to practice there must be a violation of theNurse Practice Act. Additional descriptions of violations may be found at www.arsbn.org, ASBN Rules, Chapter 7, Section IV. Violations include:
17-87-309. Disciplinary actions.
- (a) The Arkansas State Board of Nursing shall have sole authority to deny, suspend, revoke, or limit any license or privilege to practice nursing or certificate of prescriptive authority issued by the board or applied for in accordance with the provisions of this chapter or to otherwise discipline a licensee upon proof that the person:
- (1) Is guilty of fraud or deceit in procuring or attempting to procure a license to practice nursing or is engaged in the practice of nursing without a valid license;
- (2) Is guilty of a crime or gross immorality;
- (3) Is unfit or incompetent by reason of negligence, habits, or other causes;
- (4) Is habitually intemperate or is addicted to the use of habit-forming drugs;
- (5) Is mentally incompetent;
- (6) Is guilty of unprofessional conduct;
- (7) Has had a license, privilege to practice, certificate, or registration revoked or suspended or has been placed on probation or under disciplinary order in any jurisdiction;
- (8) Has voluntarily surrendered a license, privilege to practice, certification, or registration and has not been reinstated in any jurisdiction; or
- (9) Has willfully or repeatedly violated any of the provisions of this chapter.
- (b) The board shall refuse to issue or shall revoke the license of any person who is found guilty of or pleads guilty or nolo contendere to any offense listed in § 17-87-312(e), unless the person requests and the board grants a waiver pursuant to § 17-87-312(g).
- Online Complaint Form
P.O. Box 1751
Searcy, AR 72145
P.O. Box 605
Paragould, AR 72451-0605
Pay Civil Penalty Fines
We apologize for the inconvenience, but Arkansas State Board of Nursing is currently unable to accept civil penalty payments online. Send a check or money order to
Arkansas State Board of Nursing, 1123 S. University, Suite 800, Little Rock, AR 72204.
You must include on the memo portion of the check that it is for a fine and include your nursing license number.