Two admission avenues. Very different outcomes.
Voluntary AdmissionWhen a nurse or pharmacist is proactive and voluntarily self-reports drug or alcohol abuse, higher levels of confidentiality can be offered, which can lead to little or no effect on career status and path of the nurse or pharmacist struggling with addiction.
Mandatory AdmissionWhen an Indiana health care professional is caught or suspected of diversion, the Indiana State Board of Nursing, Indiana Board of Pharmacy, attorney general, or another regulatory agency may require admission into IPRP. This may also result in local, state or federal investigations and charges. Indiana Professionals Recovery Program is required to be transparent with all participating agencies if admission is mandated, thus potentially having a much greater negative effect on the nurse or pharmacists' career.
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Up to 15% of health care providers suffer from
drug or alcohol addiction.
The Process Defined
process to offer the greatest impact.
What does confidentiality mean?
We take your privacy seriously and understand the magnitude of your current situation, as well as its impact on your career and family. While we are required to report monitoring information for mandated admissions to the governing bodies of Indiana, nurses or pharmacists entering IPRP on a voluntary basis have confidentiality (unless reported by another entity). So, don't hesitate to pick up the phone, and call us for more information.
Know the warning signs
Identifying a nurse or pharmacist who is struggling with addiction can be difficult. They often don't fit the stereotype of a typical user. They may be the professional who is coming in early, staying late, and seems like they are providing quality patient care. In most cases, if you suspect something is wrong, it probably is.
Remember: If you are an employer or coworker and suspect a colleague is potentially impaired, it is your obligation to report your concerns. Call us today for more information and assistance in the reporting process. We are here to help you and your team.
- Sudden change in attitude or personality
- Change in work habit, late to work, unprepared for shifts, hurried
- Coming in extra early, staying late, offering to give breaks often
- Change in medication use
- Patients report increasing pain/discomfort on health care provider's shift
- Weight loss/gain/changes
- Increased isolation
- Pupillary changes (constriction or dilation)
- Physical illness such as nausea, vomiting, diaphoresis or anxiety (possible signs of withdrawal)