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

Advocates meet or speak with their assigned participants on a regular basis and communicate regularly with their assigned participants’ case managers.  Advocate training workshops are held regularly. 

While lived experience is not necessary to becoming an advocate, many of the advocates are prior TPAPN participants.  

TPAPN needs nurse Advocate volunteers.
Please consider helping a fellow nurse by becoming a TPAPN Advocate.

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

Information coming soon.

TPAPN REFERRAL FORM TPAPN VOLUNTEER ADVOCATE APPLICATION TPAPN RECORDS REQUEST FORM

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