HB 1571: AN ACT authorizing an alternative recovery monitoring program for nurses licensed by the board of nursing

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HB 1571: AN ACT authorizing an alternative recovery monitoring program for nurses licensed by the board of nursing.

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Impaired practice is acknowledged by national organizations including the American Nurses Association and National Council State Boards of Nursing.  Alternative to discipline programs assist peers by advocating treatment, remove impaired nurses from practice faster than traditional discipline programs and advocate for nurses return and well being in the workplace (Monroe & Kenaga, 2010). Alternative recovery monitoring programs involve a structured plan for recovery and monitoring that promotes public protection, safe practice and health. Monitoring includes random drug screening and daily check-ins, weekly peer support groups, monthly reports and workplace monitoring.  (Prepared by Pamela DiNapoli, PhD, RN, CNL)

NHNA Commission on Government Affairs is in favor of passage of HB 1571 as amended.

A public hearing on this bill was held on January 25, 2018 at 10:00 am, LOB 306.  Pam DiNapoli, Chair of the Commission on Government Affairs, attended this hearing and signed in in support of this bill.

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