Nurses are not immune to chemical dependency or mental illness. To encourage nurses to seek help, Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses (TPAPN) was created as a non-punitive, confidential and voluntary alternative to reporting RNs and LVNs to the Texas Board of Nursing.

The Extended Evaluation Program of Texas (EEP) is a voluntary monitoring system that can help nurses avoid possible disciplinary action against their nursing licenses by demonstrating to the EEP that they do not have a drug or alcohol problem.

This is a nicely crafted video that provides an overview of the issue of Substance Use Disorder [SUD] and was created by The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

Video on SUD 

Substance Use Disorder in Nursing tackles one of the most serious problems facing nursing today. The video provides a comprehensive look at the issue of substance use disorder and covers:

  •     The facts about substance use disorder
  •     Substance use disorder and nurses
  •     Identification and reporting
  •     Investigation and intervention for the nurse manager
  •     Treatment and alternative to discipline programs
  •     Recovery and return to practice

READ TPAPN's Goals, Mission and Philosophy


SPECIAL ADVISORY: Instructions for TPAPN & EEP participants during Disasters and Other Emergencies



The Right Step 

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This list is not meant as an endorsement of the employing organizations or of their practices, including their policies and procedures. TPAPN does not gain financially or materially in any manner through publication of its Partners in Recovery. TPAPN does not guarantee any results regarding employment with any of the listed entities - for its participants or any other nurses.




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