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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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Mar 20th, 2015
Someone from Harrisburg, PA signed.
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Mar 20th, 2015
Someone from Wynnewood, PA writes:
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Power is in numbers and not the few Neddle minded dictators of this world. Good luck karl old son.
Mar 20th, 2015
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Mar 20th, 2015
Someone from Danville, PA writes:
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I have the Constitution hanging on my wall and believe in the right to be confronted by one's accusers.
Mar 20th, 2015
Someone from Montoursville, PA writes:
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where is the justice ? they break hippa when we protect our patients , when asking for help we are condemned . my story quick . misdiagnosed for 5 years from the medical facility I worked for and trusted . just kept covering up by keeping me doped up . got addicted to my own prescribed pain med . found out during this time I did look up my own labs and reports from er . lost my job for doing this but ended up saving my own life. My left kidney completely atrophic from chronic stones my right one only half function with much scarring and now have to have surgery every 3 months cause of damage to my ureter and urethra for the rest of my life . volunteered myself to go to rehab from my own prescriptions and suffered seizures and still do and woke up to find out I have been signed up for pnap . still have chronic pain and take my meds as directed for pnap to say I should give up on pnap cause I will always have positive urine . where is the support ?
Mar 20th, 2015
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Mar 20th, 2015
Someone from Williamsport, PA writes:
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The court system makes sure to provide criminals with the innocent till proven guilty action, why can't we provide the same thought to the nurses that care for the sick, injured and dieing patients. We sure don't apply it to the people making these laws so why should there be a double standard, if you are good enough to make the law you are good enough to be held accountable by that very same law and its principals.
Mar 20th, 2015
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Mar 20th, 2015
Someone from Williamsport, PA writes:
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I would like to know if other professions, such as our own elected legislators have to undergo the same scrutiny when they have had a DUI or other infraction. This sounds to me like "guilty until proven innocent" and harassment of individuals who have already paid their dues, made restitution and are trying to be productive, working members of our society. I don't think people on welfare or other forms assistance go through so much. Do the right thing and change these laws in a way that is fair and just.
Mar 20th, 2015
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