The Pennsylvania Nurse Peer Assistance Program is a monitoring and advocacy program, approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing, dedicated to helping nurses and nursing students to deal with Substance Use Disorders, Mental Health Disorders, and Physical Disorders that may affect the ability to practice. Since its inception in 2009, PNAP has emerged as an established, experienced, successful, credible, and nationally recognized leader in nurse peer assistance programs.
PNAP is a private, non-profit organization governed by a 9 member Board of Directors, which consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and five Board Members.
ROLE OF PRESIDENT
- Provides leadership and has decision making authority for PNAP
- Updates the requirements for implementation of the program
- Conducts the Board of Directors meetings and other business for the PNAP program
ROLE OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
- Responsible for the day to day operations and administration of the PNAP program
- Acts as a liaison to the Board of Nursing in Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania’s Professional Health Monitoring Program (PHMP)
- Is a signatory on all PNAP monitoring contracts
RELATIONSHIP WITH BOARD OF NURSING
Our State Board is supportive of our program. PNAP is the dedicated nurse peer assistance program contracted through the Pennsylvania Department of State. The contract grants us the privilege of being the officially recognized program for nurses and nursing students licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Board will refer eligible cases to us for enrollment when a complaint is received. Eligibility and monitoring are coordinated between PNAP and the Professional Health Monitoring Program. The Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing provides PNAP with a partial funding grant.
A standardized contract with a three-year term is utilized. Random Observed Body Screens are used to determine if abstinence is being maintained. (We may require urine, serum, blood, saliva, perspiration or hair testing in fulfillment of this requirement.)