Governmental Affairs

Carolyn Bennett AzPANA GA Representative

April 26, 2019

New AZ Law – Occupational Licensing; Reciprocity – How does this affect Us?

This month Arizona made history when Governor Doug Ducey signed house bill 2569 (HB@2569) into law.  Arizona is the first state to grant licenses to any licensed professional from other states.  Occupational Licensing; Reciprocity law requires all Arizona boards to issue an occupational or professional license to anyone who establishes residence in Arizona.  The bill requires the person to have a current license in good standing from the state they came from, and 1 year of experience.  This bill applies to nursing.  My first thought was, how does this really affect nursing?

On exploring the actual HB2569, and looking to AzNA for guidance, I’m happy to report it really doesn’t change much for nurses entering Arizona.  According to Robin Schaeffer RN, AzNA Executive Director[1] in an interview about Health Policy, she stated: “Arizona is one of 31 compact states and eight more states are exploring similar legislation”.  The Compact allows nurses from those states to cross borders and work on his/her out of state license.  Robin further stated, “The nurses who enter our state from a non-compact state will go through the same criteria that we have right now for nursing”.  “The nursing board in Arizona already has a fast turnaround mechanism in place if someone needs to come in and get a temporary license “. 

Information on all bills related to nursing can be found at:

Carolyn Bennett RN

AzPANA GA Representative

ASPAN GA Strategic Work Team (SWT)

[1] Gentzler, Sara.  How Arizona’s new reciprocity law affects nurses, 5 Things We’re Watching: State of Reform; health policy Conference 4-11-2019

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