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Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses (TPAPN).

The mission of the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) centers on patient safety and the competence of each licensed nurse to practice safely. Substance use and mental health conditions can negatively impact the ability of a nurse to practice safely. Peer assistance programs can assist nurses with such conditions to achieve, demonstrate, and maintain safe practice.

The Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses (TPAPN) is the peer assistance program that has been approved by the BON. TPAPN provides individualized guidance, support, and monitoring for participants. TPAPN volunteer nurse advocates provide recovery support to individual nurse participants.

Twice a year, TPAPN provides an educational workshop for volunteer nurse advocates. This year, TPAPN is pleased to announce its partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and their consultants from the Center for Social Innovation. The Center promotes evidence-based practices on peer support. Workshop content will include:

* Recovery from mental illness and/or substance use disorders-including a focus on multiple pathways of recovery and recovery support and networks

* Principles of peer support-including principles of self-determination, strengths-based, trauma-informed, and holistic approaches

* Practices of peer support-including motivational strategies, varieties of support, linking to services, supports, and networks

If you are a volunteer nurse advocate, don't miss this special opportunity! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer nurse advocate, please visit the TPAPN website and complete an application.

    Fall 2018 TPAPN Nurse Advocate Workshop:
             November 9 and 10, 2018
DoubleTree by Hilton Austin Northwest - Arboretum
    8901 Business Park Dr., Austin, TX 78759

The workshop will be led by Cheryl Gagne, Sc.D., Senior Associate and Peer Support Expert at the Center for Social Innovation (C4) ( To register visit There is no registration fee for nurse peer advocates.

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Publication:Texas Board of Nursing Bulletin
Geographic Code:1U7TX
Date:Oct 1, 2018
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