Licensee Review Committee
Support for Success
This committee was established in 1996 by the Board of Nursing in accordance with the provisions of Iowa Code section 272C.3(1)(k). Its purpose is to evaluate the needs and monitor the behavior of licensees who voluntarily seek assistance for physical or mental impairments which may adversely impact their nursing performance.
Although this program does not represent a disciplinary diversion model, its existence is based on the premise that the board should make structured support available for those individuals who recognize they are in need of help, prior to violation of ethical standards. Hopefully, this program can offer useful direction which will enable the nurse to successfully work toward personal and professional goals, as well as, avoid those activities which may lead to formal board action.
Participants are required to consent to committee monitoring and must adhere to certain conditions in order to demonstrate their competency and motivation. In cooperation with available specialists and other health professionals, such provisions may require work setting restrictions, treatment verification, support group involvement, or remedial education.
Eligibility for referral to the committee will be determined by the executive director, according to the criteria contained in 655 IAC 4.12. Participants must self- report the impairment and submit appropriate documentation as verification. Participation will be denied if there is evidence of any practice-related problems, or if there is violation of the law. A licensee who has previously been disciplined by the board for impairment-related problems is ineligible for participation in this program.
For further information, or to inquire about your participation in this opportunity, please send a confidential letter to Lorinda Inman, Executive Director, Iowa Board of Nursing, RiverPoint Business Park, 400 S.W. 8th Street, Suite B, Des Moines, IA 50309.