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Put an end to The Pennsylvania Nurse Peer Assistance Program (PNAP)

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We, the undersigned, are writing in hopes of bringing to your attention a dire misjustice that is occurring in our state as well as many others across the US. Laws enacted to protect the patient population of America are overlooking the rights of healthcare professionals to defend themselves against false accusations of drug and alcohol use by anonymous calls placed to the board of nursing. PNAP (The Pennsylvania Nurse Peer Assistance Program) is using unethical methods to entrap nurses into their program by using past infractions such as DUI's that may be 8 years old or more to force the nurse into joblessness and financial ruin by making the nurse pay for all evaluations and testing. Nurses who do enter the program are forced to call the case worker daily for three years to see if a drug screen is need. Drug screens have been ordered on some nurses 12 times a month at their own cost. Sometimes costing tens of thousands of dollars. The burden of proof is being thrown out and the simple word of the accuser is being taken without question, many times without the accused even being allowed to speak. Our wish is that these laws be revisited and indications made to to allow for criminal and civil prosecution when someone has misused these laws in a vindictive and cunning way. We also would ask that public attorneys, and judges be forced to recognize the precept that the accused is innocent until proven guilty. Often times thes nurses are the sole providers for their families are unable to afford attorney's and are rendered jobless after on phone call to the board of nursing. We ask that persons who make such accusations identify themselves. If reported accusations are unfounded then the accuser should be charged, fined and incarcerated. Furthermore such charges filed against a nurse whether innocent or guilty remain on their professional record until the day they die. We are asking that programs such as this be abolished in all states and that nurses be treated fairly and with respect.
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Apr 22nd, 2014
Someone from Rothschild, WI writes:
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This is happening in all states and should be challenged.
Apr 14th, 2014
Someone from Buffalo, NY signed.
Apr 13th, 2014
Someone from Mentor, OH signed.
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Someone from Cleveland, OH signed.
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Someone from Cleveland, OH signed.
Apr 11th, 2014
Someone from Madison, OH signed.
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Someone from Cleveland, OH signed.
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Someone from Stow, OH signed.
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Someone from Mantua, OH signed.
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Someone from Brunswick, OH signed.
Apr 10th, 2014
Someone from Akron, OH signed.
Apr 10th, 2014
Someone from Hermitage, PA signed.
Apr 10th, 2014
Someone from Poplar Grove, IL signed.
Apr 10th, 2014
Someone from Madison, OH writes:
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I believe a very resposible, professional nurse is experienceing this and it truely an injustice to the individuals and a disgrace to the State of Pennsylvania to utilize such methods of entrapment. Please help us expose ans resolve this issue. Thank you
Apr 10th, 2014
Someone from Mentor, OH signed.
Apr 10th, 2014
Someone from Erie, PA signed.
Apr 10th, 2014
Someone from Erie, PA signed.
Apr 2nd, 2014
Someone from Reading, PA writes:
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Major abuses of power including publication of name and offense in the accused's home newspaper. Is this not defamation?
Mar 28th, 2014
Someone from Lititz, PA signed.
Mar 27th, 2014
Someone from Murray, KY signed.
Mar 23rd, 2014
Someone from Peoria, AZ writes:
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I sincerely believe that we should be responsible for our actions. I believe that we should get the help, if we need it, prove to our employer, and the board, that we are "safe" and move on. What is happening now is cruel and so much of an "over-kill". As a nurse for 20 years, I had to deal with an issue that was important, but NEVER involved a patient, or my ability at work, not once. I have been sober from alcohol for 12 1/2 years yet remain on the bon's radar, and probation. I believe that this is a grave injustice, and that one day people will look back at this and realize how unfair and malicious we have been dealt with. We are educated professionals who admitted to an issue, and took care of it! Why do we have to continue to re-live this and defend our ruined reputations for decades? I have faith in a strong and gracious God, otherwise I would have succumbed to this years ago. Please help us BE the caring dedicated professional that we are.
Mar 22nd, 2014
Someone from Phoenixville, PA signed.
Mar 22nd, 2014
Someone from Phoenixville, PA signed.
Mar 22nd, 2014
Someone from Kalamazoo, MI writes:
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This practice of accepting accusations as truth is indeed wrong. We all should be assumed innocent until proven guilty and we have a right to know and face our accusers. The practice of transgressions staying on one's license forever, for all to see, is just plain wrong. The stigma of substance abuse and society's prejudice towards people who have committed transgressions needs to change. People can, do and have changed their lives for the better and those that have changed should not be subject to the prejudices of a society that refuses to accept this fact.

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