TPAPNTexas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses
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If a person is required to report and is unsure whether there is a practice violation, the report may be made to both the BON and to TPAPN.
In addition, the TPAPN database represented only a portion of nurses with impaired practice.
TPAPN has a newly defined mission centering on both helping nurses and safeguarding patients.
Twice a year, TPAPN provides an educational workshop for volunteer nurse advocates.
In some circumstances a report may be made to TPAPN instead of to the BON.
TPAPN accepts eligible nurses who may benefit from peer assistance services.
About half of TPAPN's 200-plus Advocates have not had a present or past psychiatric diagnosis or substance use disorder.
In collaboration with the Board of Nursing (BON), TPAPN over time has expanded its assistance services to more comprehensively address the possible signs of substance abuse through the Extended Evaluation Program (EEP).
TPAPN has also implemented changes designed to enhance participation and reduce the burden to employers.
Volunteer advocates for TPAPN provide encouragement and support to participating nurses that are working hard to recover.
Though TPAPN has experienced 25 successful years, challenges remain.