Iowa Nurse Assistance Program
The Iowa Nurse Assistance Program (INAP) is offered by the Iowa Board of Nursing (IBON). INAP is a resource for individual nurses who are impaired as a result of substance use or by any mental or physical condition. It is a voluntary, confidential program and provides an opportunity for licensed professionals to receive proper treatment and maintain their professional status, while protecting the safety of the public.
Who is eligible for INAP?
To be considered for INAP, participants must meet eligibility criteria. A nurse may be eligible for the program if the following apply:
- Is a Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
- Have a physical or mental condition affecting their nursing practice
- Use alcohol or drugs to the extent their nursing practice is affected
The nurse must also:
- Voluntarily agree to enter the program and provide consent for appropriate medical/psychiatric evaluations
- Follow all recommendations of the evaluator
- Agree to the terms set forth in the agreement and or contract
How nurses can enter the program
Nurses may enter the program by making a self report, the Board may refer them, or another person such as an employer, co-worker or family member may also refer them. Entry into the program is at the discretion of the INAP committee and approval is needed for admission.
At the following link, the form will take you through four documents to complete. The entire series of forms are completed and submitted online. After completion of the document, the system will supply a confirmation document (pdf) of the submission for your records: INAP Nurse Self Report Form. If you complete the online form, you do not need to complete the hard copy forms under the "important forms and handbook" section of this website.
You may also contact the program coordinator and leave a confidential voicemail at 515.725.4008.
What happens after a nurse self-reports
Once a nurse contacts INAP about a possible impairment issue, the coordinator will gather information about the individual's situation and make contact with that nurse. This may result in referral for further evaluation and treatment. The INAP committee may then determine whether or not the nurse would benefit from ongoing support and monitoring. If they do, an individualized contract is developed that is designed to allow the nurse to continue or return to practice with reasonable skill and safety.
Important Forms and Handbook
To self-report for consideration of admission to the program, please complete and submit the appropriate forms. INAP Forms
INAP is managed by a committee. Committee members are required to have specific qualifications and represent substance use professionals, mental health professionals, nurses who have successfully completed a recovery program, a public member, and the executive director of the Iowa Board of Nursing.
Committee members include the following:
- Robert Colin
- Karen Ganzer, MSN, RN
- Jessica Raun, MBA, BSN, RN
- Alicia Rivera, BSN, RN
- Laura Vander Ploeg, BS, RN, CADC
- Amanda Watson, BSN, RN
- Kathleen Weinberg, MSN, RN