Stigma, guilt and fear, combined with an addiction's physical toll, present special needs for nurses. Resources exist to supplement treatment for nurses as they struggle with early and intermediate recovery. In New York, these resources include SPAN's nurse-specific support groups, advocacy, and referral to resources. For more information, contact SPAN's Confidential HELPline:
800.45.SPAN.1 [800.457.7261] (toll-free in New York/New Jersey)
518.782.9400, ext. 265 (all other states)
EAP (if available) provides confidential assistance in early identification of impaired nursing practice, as well as monitoring return to work provisions for nurses re-entering practice.
Contact NYSNA's Statewide Peer Assistance for Nurses at 518.782.9400, ext. 250 or by e-mail.