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Recovery and Monitoring Program

The Recovery and Monitoring Program or RAMP was established in 2003 as an Alternative to Discipline program. RAMP is managed by the Institute for Nursing for the New Jersey Board of Nursing.

RAMP is a confidential, voluntary program that works with the Board of Nursing, employers and nurses to ensure public safety, safe practice and health.

RAMP offers nurses support in receiving the appropriate treatment, closely monitoring recovery, working with employers and ensuring the nurses in New Jersey are providing safe, high quality care to the public.

  • Public protection
  • Early relapse detection
  • Support for managers to retain/hire professionals in recovery
  • Reduces facility costs by maintaining skilled employees
  • Promotes open work environment

Mission

The mission of RAMP is protecting the public and supporting nurses who are engaged in their own wellness. RAMP achieves its mission through:

  • Incorporating and following best practices from other monitoring programs for nurses with impaired practice
  • Work closely with the NJ BON to ensure that the program meets the spirit and intent of the Alternative to Discipline legislation
  • Supporting nurses to become aware of their illness and engage in their wellness
  • Education of nursing, nurses employers, legislators and consumer communities
  • Ongoing program evaluation to ensure that RAMP meets the needs of the public and nurses

RAMP works under the direction of the NJ Board of Nursing and in collaboration with the nursing community and consumer public.

Who Do We Help?

  • Nurses who are indentified as having their practice impaired by a physical, mental or addictive disease
  • Nurses who are willing to refrain from practice and seek evaluation and treatment
  • Nurses who agree to abide by a contract that sets the requirement for a safe return to practice
  • Employers who need support managing risk regarding employees with impaired practice

How Do We Help?

  • Advocate with employers
  • Assist with communication to licensing boards and other sanctioning agencies
  • Confidential data collection to document maintenance of recovery
  • Independent resource regarding treatment options for recovery from impaired practice

Requirements of Participants

  • Active participation in evaluation and recommended treatment
  • Compliance with individualized monitoring and Return to Work contracts
  • Attendance at Peer Support Groups
  • Participation in 12 step recovery program with sponsorship
  • Randomized drug screening and daily monitoring

Some Signs of Impaired Practice

  • Changes in usual behavior
  • Increased irritability, defensiveness, anger, moodiness
  • Unprofessional/inappropriate ways of relating to problems and patients
  • Poor documentation, late reports, or assignments
  • Missed work or frequently late due to vaguely explain reasons

For more information or to schedule a RAMP program at your organization call: 609-883-5335 x. 20 or email RAMP@njsna.org

Peer Assistance Program

Nurses supporting Nurses

Health professionals are not immune to substance abuse or mental illness. The New Jersey State Nurses Association and the Institute for Nursing have made strides to assist nurses both personally and professionally.

For nearly 30 years, the Peer Assistance Program:

  • Holds support groups around the state
  • Operates a 24-hour hotline for nurses in need of assistance 1-800-662-0108
  • Provides continuing education programs about substance abuse
  • Provides support and information to nurses, administrators about identification, intervention and referral

Call 609-883-5335 x. 124 or email peerassistance@njsna.org

Hotline 800-662-0108

 

 


Recovery and Monitoring Program | 1479 Pennington Road | Trenton | NJ | 08618

Program Staff       609-883-5335  

Suzanne Kinkle, Director x.124

Jillian Scott, Intake Case Mgr. x.152

Donna Gillane, Case Mgr. x.134

Brenda Wysocki, Case Mgr. x123

Annemarie Edinger, Communications Coord. x.115

Mission Statement

The mission of RAMP is protecting the public and supporting nurses who are engaged in their own wellness. RAMP achieves its mission through:

Incorporating and following best practices from other monitoring programs for nurses with impaired practice.

Working closely with the NJ BON to ensure that the program meets the spirit and intent of the Alternative to Discipline legislation.

Supporting nurses to become aware of their illness and engage in their wellness education of nursing, nurse employers, legislators, and consumer communities.

Ongoing program evaluation to ensure that RAMP meets the needs of the public and nurses.

RAMP works under the direction of the NJ Board of Nursing and in collaboration with the nursing community and consumer public.

Resources

Forms

Participant Guide

RAMP Brochure

Helpful Links

Affinity eHealth (AOS)

NJ Board of Nursing

Department of Human Services Division of Disability

National Council of State Boards of Nursing

NJ Department of Human Services Division of Addiction Services

Talbot Medication Guide

Crisis and Screening Centers

Employer Toolkit

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Peer Assistance

Support Groups

 

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