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Alaska Board of Nursing-Attorneys, Lawyers and Legal Counsel

Licensing BoardAlaska Board of Nursing
Address, Physical550 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 1500, Anchorage, AK 99501 3567
Address, Mail550 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 1500, Anchorage, AK 99501 3567
Telephone No.(907) 269-8161
Fax No.(907) 269-8196

Investigating Agency for Board of Nursing

AgencyDepartment of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing
Address, Physical9th FL State Office Building, 333 Willoughby Avenue, Juneau, AK 99801 1770
Address, MailP.O. Box 110806, Juneau, AK 99811 0806
Telephone No.(907) 465-2550
Fax No.(907) 465-2974

The Alaska Board of Nursing regulates the practice of nursing in the state of Alaska, including registered nurses (R.N.), practical nurses (L.P.N.), nurse practitioners (N.P.), certified registered nurse anesthetists (C.R.N.A.), certified nurse-midwives (C.N.M.), and certified nursing assistants (C.N.A.). All complaints, investigations and legal negotiations for this board are usually handled by investigators, attorneys and staff members of the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing located at the address above or a field office.

Our attorneys routinely represent professionals in the nursing fields. This includes full advice and assistance during the investigation, including obtaining and filing statements and other evidence that may be necessary, hearing preparation and hearing representation as further discussed below.

Remember these important points before hiring anyone for representation on an Alaska nursing complaint:
Do not hire an attorney who cannot or will not represent you at a hearing. This is only incomplete, partial representation.
Often individuals who hold themselves out to be counselors or professionals with expertise in nursing matters will advertise that they can assist you in complaints and investigations. But if the case becomes complicated or a hearing is required, they rapidly abandon you. Don’t get caught in such a fix.

Be reluctant to submit a written statement signed by yourself during the initial investigation. Such statements can and will be used against you to prove the case against you if you have a hearing. In some states, such as Florida, you cannot be required to make such statements; the Fifth Amendment protects you in such a situation. However, other states require a signed statement from you. Be sure you know.


Be cautious about selecting an informal hearing instead of a formal hearing. If you select an informal hearing, this means you are not contesting the charges against you, you are admitting them (or admitting you are guilty), and the hearing will only allow you to address the amount of punishment you receive.


If you are not guilty, desire to have the state prove the case against you if it has evidence to do so, and will be allowed to defend yourself, you should select a formal hearing.


Be very careful about accepting a Settlement Agreement (“SA”), Consent Order (“CO”), or Stipulated Consent Order (“SCO”), as it means you are pleading guilty and will have discipline on your license for the rest of your life.


If you have malpractice insurance, it probably contains professional license defense coverage that will pay for your legal defense expenses in the case. Don’t waste a valuable benefit you have paid for. Retain an attorney who accepts your insurance at the very first notice of a complaint.

Remember in Alaska there is no such thing as going before the Board of Nursing and proving you’re innocent. However, if you are going before the Board of Nursing because of a complaint, you are almost always either doing it as an informal hearing (in which you have admitted the charges) or as part of a Settlement Agreement/Consent Order in which you have agreed to accept discipline on your license. In the event of a formal hearing before the board, you should have legal representation. In either case, you are going to have discipline on your license for the rest of your life. Make sure you know for sure what the procedures are in this state so that you do not inadvertently give up your rights.

Our attorneys are licensed only in Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana, and Virginia, but we are authorized to represent you in these matters in many of the other states listed above under the state’s multi-jurisdictional practice rules for attorneys; we may apply for special admission privileges under the state’s pro hac vice rules or have to take other such actions to represent you, but we routinely do this.

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The provision of this information does not constitute the practice of law in this state/jurisdiction nor the advertisement of the practice of law in this state/jurisdiction. This is not the provision of legal advice. Legal advice must be specific to the facts of each individual case. Hiring an attorney is an important decision which should not be made based on advertising alone. Ask for additional information on the qualifications of any attorney before hiring them. Our attorneys only practice in those states and jurisdictions in which they are licensed to practice law or legally permitted to practice law. An attorney-client relationship can only be formed with our attorneys through payment of a retainer fee and a retainer agreement signed by all parties.

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