Physicians and Nurses—PRN and IPN—Friend or Foe?
PRN (Professional Resource Network) for doctors and IPN (Intervention Project for Nurses) are state contracted programs supposedly designed and missioned to protect the safety and welfare of the public while also focusing on the health of Florida medical professionals who show signs of impairment. At their core, these programs deserve all of our congratulations.
However, any professionals who find themselves involved with either group should speak with an attorney experienced in such matters to determine if the program is right for them. These programs have significant advantages for the truly impaired professional. But legal advice should be sought before ever self- reporting to a program. Participation in these programs can be lengthy (5 years) and expensive (the professional pays for all treatment costs). Remember, notwithstanding their mission statements, these programs are in existence to make money. One size does not fit all! These programs are not an “easy way out”.
Always seek legal advice before committing to a program that might not be in your best interests if you are not truly impaired.
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