In collaboration with the South Carolina Nurses Association (SCNA)'s Peer
Assistance Program, RPP offers a comprehensive program to help nurses recover
fully and return to practice
What is peer assistance?
The SCNA Peer Assistance Program is designed to assist the alcohol- and other
drug-dependent nurse in obtaining life-long freedom from the physically
debilitating, mind-altering effects of addictive substances and in maintaining
personal growth and development.
Alcohol and other drug dependence is a primary illness and should be treated as
such. Manifestations include personal, legal and health problems that impair an
individual's ability to practice nursing safely. Nurses who develop this
illness can be helped to recover with appropriate treatment.
The threefold Peer Assistance Program
Education: The program develops and disseminates informational brochures,
operates a speaker's bureau and works to develop policies and procedures for
nurses obtaining help through employee assistance programs.
Intervention: The program coordinates with RPP to facilitate nurses'
entry into treatment programs.
Peer Support: Throughout treatment and recovery, the program advocates
for individuals' return to nursing practice.