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Each and every Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses (TPAPN) participant deserves a capable and compassionate peer to help them better understand the TPAPN programs and the individual requirements. Many Advocates share that they come to realize that helping a colleague increases knowledge, awareness and compassion for those afflicted with substance use and psychiatric disorders as well as the corresponding professional accountability facilitated through the TPAPN programming.

About half of TPAPN's 200-plus Advocates have not had a present or past psychiatric diagnosis or substance use disorder. Approximately 700 nurses are actively participating in TPAPN and its related programs and pairing participants with a local Advocate can be a challenge (see Table 1).

Simply put, more volunteers are needed to help make a positive difference in the lives of TPAPN participants!

TPAPN's next Advocate Training Workshop will be held in Austin on November 13 and 14, 2015 and is free to approved Advocates. Additional information about TPAPN, including the Advocate application, is available at: or call: (512) 467-7027, extension 105.

Table 1: TPAPN Participation

APRNs    23
RNs      543
LVNs     137
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Title Annotation:Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses
Publication:Texas Board of Nursing Bulletin
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Jul 1, 2015
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