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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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Aug 15th, 2016
Someone from Cooperstown, PA signed.
Aug 11th, 2016
Someone from Altoona, PA signed.
Aug 8th, 2016
Someone from Denver, CO writes:
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Hello I'm from Denver Colorado and we have our Colorado Peer services. I was a Marine for 16 years I did to infantry combat tours to Iraq. I've been in the military for 24 years and first lieutenant in the US Army as an Army nurse. I've been a registered nurse for eight years now. I blew a hot UA back in November 2015. I was never unpaired never put anybody at risk. My life has been a living hell since I voluntarily went to peer assistance. Here in Colorado you have to sign a five-year contract twice a week drug test IOP 90 for 90 meetings a week. All your heart stories are true I blown through my 401k while working on a minimum wage job. I haven't worked for nine months because they keep losing paperwork. Everything everyone is talking about is absolutely true. I'm alone have no support and they absolutely do not care if you ever go back to nursing. Please please please talk to a lawyer before you join any type of peer assistance!! Peer is there to ruin you. Please can someone contact me because I am absolutely ready to tell this program to "f off". I would really rather be back in Iraq kicking in doors than dealing with my stupid caseworker. My email is fabeckett@hotmail.com it's hard for Marines to ask for help but if anybody's having problems please contact me I'm all alone out here in Colorado Thanks Alan
Aug 8th, 2016
Someone from Collegeville, PA signed.
Aug 8th, 2016
Someone from Collegeville, PA signed.
Aug 4th, 2016
Someone from Philadelphia, PA signed.
Jul 29th, 2016
Someone from Lock Haven, PA signed.
Jul 29th, 2016
Someone from Lock Haven, PA signed.
Jul 19th, 2016
Someone from Douglassville, PA signed.
Jul 15th, 2016
Someone from Warren, OH writes:
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I would love to know what percentage of nurses in this program actually came to work drunk or high or diverted meds. I'm thinking like 20%. Those are the nurses that actually need to be in the program. The other 80% of nurses in this program are just hard working people that made a bad life choice or just got burned out in nursing. Pnap and the vrp are out to destroy good nurses and ruin the lives of them and everyone around them. It's a really sad state of affairs. I'm just lost for words over the whole process. God bless everyone who got thrown into this mess. I'm almost done with this terror, but my character will never recover because everyone in my profession has labeled me as an addict.
Jul 13th, 2016
Someone from Mount Union, PA writes:
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Find out what the mission of PNAP is . Go to their Website PNAP.org. Its a malware site. Has been that way for some time. A very Professional Group.
Jul 13th, 2016
Someone from Mount Union, PA writes:
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For the past couple months the PNAP site when you try to log on gives you a message of malware, you can not log onto their site, it's been compromised for some time, How Professional is that. I can relate to each comment posted on this site. I have been a LPN since 1986. How can my skills as a nurse be judged by a careless thing I did on my day off. I received a DUI. It had nothing to do with my skill as a nurse. If PNAP would find one client or staff member I ever had contact with that said I was incompetent I would hand over my license. They didn't ask the Doctor who I scrubbed in with a laboring pt whose baby was deceling and did a C-section on before the OR got there. His comment to me at the nurses station that night when I said how I don't ever want to do that again was Why? we saved a life today. The day on PEDS when the Doc called up to see who was working and the Nursing Supervisor called me to go to the ER stat. I did chest compressions on a 4 week old, hugged the parents as life flight was loading him up to find out later it was a shaken baby case, I still have the newspaper article with the court case against the mom I hugged. RN's working with me on PEDS that told me they learned more from me than 4 years in school. Running into ppl who say "you took care of my son when he was 2, he's married now" working with a CP boy for 6 years while he went to school (as an aide) cause He was my client for Home Nursing Pediatric Private Duty but mom wanted him to go to school. Yelling at the van driver to pull over so I could safely administer the rectal diastat and suction him while he was having one of his many seizures. Working at the nursing home, getting my med pass done so I could do rounds with the CNA's to actually see the residents. The other LPN I worked with hated me, she sat at the desk pretending to do paperwork.I took my beagle puppy out to visit on my days off. That's only a brief example of the kind of nurse I've been over the past 29 years. Yes I got a DUI. I'm not a bad person or bad nurse. I have never done anything while working but giving 100% of my skills and heart. But I'm sure labeled and have been made to pay deerly it is so unfair. It is totally uncalled for. 3 years. I feel like they are trying to catch me doing something so they can take my license and I just don't understand. If my nursing skills are in question by all means look into it. What I have done on my personal time should not define me. It was a DUI which I paid the consequences for by the court system, a misdemeanour not cause to judge me as a nurse.It is wrong and needs to stop!
Jun 29th, 2016
Someone from Erie, PA writes:
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I complied with everything that I was told. I got help before I was told to get help. I had a problem with ETOH, NOT DRUGS, but they insisted on drug testing me. Those tests were multiple times a months at $55/piece out of pocket while working a minimum wage job. I was also getting drug tested through OPR and probation because of my DUI. Two times, I was drug tested 3 times in one day between them. Not once was I tested for alcohol. I was told that they don't differentiate between drugs and alcohol. I will tell you that my nursing license was suspended, not because I couldn't maintain sobriety, but because of financial issues with drug tests even though I never was a drug user.
Jun 26th, 2016
Someone from Whitehall, PA signed.
Jun 24th, 2016
Someone from Allison Park, PA signed.
Jun 21st, 2016
Someone from Philadelphia, PA signed.
Jun 14th, 2016
Someone from Westover, PA writes:
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I have been an ICU RN since age 20.. and a good one at that. My mother was found dead when I was 29, I then became an alcoholic. I have been sober for awhile now, but no matter what you do, you cant get back in the profession. I worked at the same place for 11yrs, and bc you have to IMMEDIATELY tell any potential employee that your "in a voluntary recovery program" boom. your NOT getting hired. And then the costs.... oh my God the costs.... when you are getting deug tested 4-5 times/mo at $50 a pop, not working, or at least working at a job that pays nothing.......... it was a CAUSE of a number of my relapses. I just want my life, my career and my passion for caring for people back. But with pnap, that is NOT gonna happen
Jun 10th, 2016
Someone from Hawley, PA signed.
Jun 8th, 2016
Someone from Erie, PA signed.
Jun 7th, 2016
Someone from Berwick, PA writes:
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What assistance? It is a travesty that continues to ruin the lives of the nurses that have worked hard to become professionals. Blanket rules make their jobs easier. Intimidation with the PHMP backing their power. Why? Go along or get hung, Why? Who's getting the payoff on the backs of the ones who are less likely to fight back. Sure, some need to be here, but really, not everyone. Again, blanket rules, fit everyone into one category makes the mold fit. Good luck, in the long run, it will bite. Soon I hope.
Jun 1st, 2016
Someone from Mountain Top, PA writes:
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I believe nurses have been over worked under paid and develop anxiety disorders causing the problem of abuse change the law pnap
May 25th, 2016
Someone from Mount Morris, PA signed.
May 25th, 2016
Someone from Muncy, PA signed.
May 24th, 2016
Someone from Gibsonia, PA signed.
May 24th, 2016
Someone from Allentown, PA signed.
May 24th, 2016
Someone from Kingston, PA signed.
May 23rd, 2016
Someone from Cuddy, PA signed.
May 23rd, 2016
Someone from Auburn, CA writes:
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The United States is always thought of as a country that gives second chances when one makes a mistake. Not if you are a nurse. The BRN complaint/hearing process is criminal in itself.
May 18th, 2016
Someone from West Chester, PA writes:
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As a recent graduate I am just beginning this process for something I did 9 years ago when a career in nursing wasn't even a thought in my head. I have been working my butt off on my recovery since then seeing multiple therapists weekly and attending recovery groups weekly. I was honest when applying to the state in order to take the NCLEX. I sent in all my supporting paperwork (letters from my therapists and sponsor) and went to the evaluator that they chose. The evaluator RECOMMENDED THAT I DID NOT NEED MONITORING and that I just continue doing what i have been doing. However, the PHMP is not following that recommendation and is sending me paperwork to enroll in the VRP in order to take the boards. What was the point in making me go to and pay for an evaluation if they are not even going to listen to the recommendation!! I have a job offer on the table but it is in the ICU and I know I will not be able to work in this unit if I enter into the VRP. Now after not only working only working on my recovery and making my way through nursing school I am being penalized and will have to forfeit my dream job all because of the PHMP!!! Absolutely crazy!! i am so disheartened but all of this. I am going to appeal but I will still lose out on this amazing job opportunity. The appeal process will take 6mo-1yr and cost more than $4k but it sounds better than the alternative
May 18th, 2016
Someone from West Chester, PA writes:
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As a recent graduate I am just beginning this process for something I did 9 years ago when a career in nursing wasn't even a thought in my head. I have been working my butt off on my recovery since then seeing multiple therapists weekly and attending recovery groups weekly. I was honest when applying to the state in order to take the NCLEX. I sent in all my supporting paperwork (letters from my therapists and sponsor) and went to the evaluator that they chose. The evaluator RECOMMENDED THAT I DID NOT NEED MONITORING and that I just continue doing what i have been doing. However, the PHMP is not following that recommendation and is sending me paperwork to enroll in the VRP in order to take the boards. What was the point in making me go to and pay for an evaluation if they are not even going to listen to the recommendation!! I have a job offer on the table but it is in the ICU and I know I will not be able to work in this unit if I enter into the VRP. Now after not only working only working on my recovery and making my way through nursing school I am being penalized and will have to forfeit my dream job all because of the PHMP!!! Absolutely crazy!! i am so disheartened but all of this. I am going to appeal but I will still lose out on this amazing job opportunity. The appeal process will take 6mo-1yr and cost more than $4k but it sounds better than the alternative
May 7th, 2016
Someone from Ford City, PA writes:
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my friend lost her home , her liscense and her dignity now they are threatening her with fines because she surrenered her license and quit the program,
May 2nd, 2016
Someone from Bryn Mawr, PA writes:
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Accusations that are unfounded should be dismissed. Accusers should be investigated.
Apr 30th, 2016
Someone from Philadelphia, PA signed.
Apr 28th, 2016
Someone from Cooperstown, PA signed.
Apr 21st, 2016
Someone from Pittsburgh, PA signed.
Apr 11th, 2016
Someone from Natrona Heights, PA signed.
Apr 11th, 2016
Someone from Worthington, PA signed.
Apr 11th, 2016
Someone from Kittanning, PA writes:
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Please pass along and share to all nurses you know...RN and LPN and for heavens sake SIGN this petition!!!
Apr 5th, 2016
Someone from Berwick, PA signed.
Apr 2nd, 2016
Someone from Wyoming, PA signed.

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