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.
Mission Statement: INAP shares the Iowa Board of Nursing mission statement which is to protect the public health, safety and welfare by regulating the licensure of nurses, the practice of nurses, nursing education and continuing education.
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. Click here for the INAP Self Report Form. Click here for the INAP Intake Form. Once the forms are completed, it can be confidentially faxed or mailed to the Iowa Nurse Assistance Program at any of these:
Confidential Fax: 515.725.4017
Mailing address: INAP, 400 SW 8th St, Suite B, Des Moines, IA 50309
You may also contact the program coordinator and leave a confidential voicemail at 515.725.4008.
Important Forms and Handbook
To self-report for consideration of admission to the program, please complete and submit the appropriate forms. INAP Forms
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.
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
- Misstie Day, RN, CARN
- Karen Ganzer, MSN, RN
- Alicia Rivera, BSN, RN
- Emily Ward, BSN, RN, MBA
- Amanda Watson, BSN, RN
- Kathleen Weinberg, MSN, RN