Providing safety for the public, saving lives and extending the career of nurses.
This division monitors registered nurses and student nurses in the Recovering Nurse Program (RNP) through confidential agreements and disciplinary orders. The RNP was developed to protect the consumers of health care in Louisiana while allowing a Registered Nurse recovering from a substance use disorder and/or a medical, mental or physical condition to maintain licensure while being closely monitored by the Board through a structured agreement or order. Participants are allowed to join the program confidentially if they meet criteria outlined in LAC 46:XLVII.3419 or through consent order with probation if ineligible for confidential entry. After completion of treatment and clearance to return to work by the RNP staff and treatment team, the individual is allowed to practice in a highly supervised setting. Monitoring includes, but is not limited to, frequent random drug screening, reports from employers, participation in Aftercare and verified participation in support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous. Please view the monitoring section of the annual report for statistical information on the RNP.
Benefits of RNP – Safety for the public, save life and career of nurse.
The specialized treatment added structure and accountability of monitoring programs for healthcare professionals have been linked to greater success in monitoring abstinence.