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TPAPN Overview Presentation
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TPAPN Peer Support Partners are nurse volunteers that provide peer support to nurses participating in TPAPN. Peer Support Partners are an integral part of TPAPN, TPAPN’s recovery support services, and TPAPN participants’ recovery. Peer Support Partners may also serve as educational resources to employers and schools of nursing. Above all, they lend a listening ear, understanding and emotional support. 

Peer Support Partners meet or speak with their assigned participants on a regular basis and communicate regularly with their assigned participants’ case managers.  Peer Support Partner training workshops are held regularly. 

While lived experience is not necessary to becoming a Peer Support Partner, many of them are prior TPAPN participants.  

TPAPN needs nurse Peer Support Partners.
Please consider helping a fellow nurse by becoming a TPAPN Peer Support Partner.

Benefits of Peer Support

Peer support services are based on common life experiences. In TPAPN, peer advocates do not have to have lived experience with substance use or mental health conditions. Rather they are peers by virtue of being registered nurses. 

SAMSHA describes how peer support facilitates a significant role in recovery and treatment success. It can reduce re-hospitalization and h
ealth care costs. It also helps to create a sense of inclusiveness and belonging within the community. Participants who have peer support develop self-efficacy and can better sustain recovery. 

Advocates use peer support methods that are person centered, encourage autonomy, respect diversity, are non-judgmental and inspire hope. 

Through regular, supportive, communication, TPAPN social peer support works on four facets:

  • Emotional: empathy and camaraderie
  • Informational: to support health and wellness
  • Instrumental: mentoring
  • Affiliational: connection to community supports, activities, and events

Being an Advocate

Ideally, the purpose of being an advocate is to facilitate and support the recovery and re-entry of the nurse back into practice. The role of the TPAPN advocate in monitoring should include:

  1. Sharing experiences and providing strength, hope and support in addressing issues related to the process of recovery from a substance use disorder, mental health condition or both
  2. Providing support for professional issues, including re-entry into the workplace. 
  3. Ongoing quarterly electronic reporting to TPAPN.
  4. Providing input and recommendations relative to the needs of TPAPN participants.

Being a TPAPN advocate should not include:

  1. Serving as the nurse’s TPAPN case manager.
  2. Functioning as the nurse's counselor, therapist or sponsor.
  3. Dictating the nurse participant's treatment and rehabilitation requirements.
  4. Finding jobs for participants.

Advocates work with TPAPN staff and case managers by maintaining regular communication through phone conversations, email, or secure electronic reporting (quarterly submission required). For example, a TPAPN advocate may notify the TPAPN office if a participant fails to maintain contact with the advocate or is non-adherent with TPAPN. Additionally, an advocate may notify the TPAPN case manager of any significant developments, e.g., workplace termination, suicide threat, admission of relapse etc.

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Upcoming Events

Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses
Phone: 800-288-5528
Fax: 512-467-2620
tpapn@texasnurses.org
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F

Texas Nurses Association

Texas Affiliate of ANA | 4807 Spicewood Springs Rd., Bldg 3, Suite 100, Austin TX 78759

800.862.2022 | 512.452.0645 | tna@texasnurses.org