Florida’s Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN) was established by legislation enacted in 1983. However, IPN is not a State of Florida agency; rather, it is an independent organization that acts as a liaison between the Florida Board of Nursing (BON), the Department of Health (DOH), treatment providers, and impaired nurses.
IPN’s stated mission is to ensure public health and safety by providing an avenue for swift intervention; close monitoring and advocacy of nurses whose practice may be impaired due to the use, misuse or abuse of alcohol or drugs; or a mental and/or physical condition.
Most nurses are satisfied with IPN’s services, but others become unhappy with the program and want to leave or adjust their commitments. There are many reasons why nurses become discontented with IPN: cost, time commitment, or a belief that they have been fully rehabilitated.
As a result, nurses frequently seek legal advice about obtaining an early release from or adjusting their IPN contracts. The following questions will provide you with some things to consider.