Iowa Board of Nursing
Kathleen R. Weinberg, MSN, RN, Executive Director

Resources Available for Nurses Dealing With Substance Use and/or Mental Health Concerns During the Pandemic

December 30, 2020

The Iowa Board of Nursing recognizes that during this time of crisis and world-wide COVID-19 pandemic, licensed professionals may be struggling to live and work each day, particularly those professionals dealing with substance use or mental health concerns. Consistency is a part of recovery and we understand that may be difficult right now. Your health and safety is important to us. We encourage those who are already a part of the Board’s monitoring program to continue down the path of recovery.

For those who are not part of a program but find yourself struggling, we encourage you to reach out. If you would like to self-report and need assistance with substance use and or mental health concerns, please contact the Iowa Nurse Assistance Program
(INAP) staff: 

Rhonda Ruby, MS, RN
INAP Program Coordinator
(515) 725 4008

Michele Royer, LBSW
INAP Case Manager
(515) 725 3389

Online Resources

The Iowa Board of Nursing would like to share some of the resources available for nurses needing assistance with recovery and wellness. These resources include online self-help meetings, self-care resources, and/or sessions with providers using telehealth methods. Additional resources are available on the Board website. None of the individual resources listed below are endorsed over any others and are meant as examples only.

State Resources

Your Life Iowa: Resource if you or someone you know if facing a problem with alcohol, drugs, gambling, mental health, and/or suicidal thoughts, online chat, text, or call -

Therapists/Medical Providers

Better Help: Online professional counseling – Individual, Couples, and Teen -

Talk Space: Online professional counseling – Currently offering free services for healthcare workers -

Doctors on Demand: Online care for urgent care, behavioral health, preventive and chronic care -

Crisis Text Line: Volunteer crisis counselors available over text messaging. -

E-Counseling: Articles and information on mental health conditions. Find a counselor at this site -

Self-Help Meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): Online Intergroup of AA -

Narcotics Anonymous (NA):

Overeaters Anonymous (OA):

Gambling Anonymous (GA):

Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA): Meetings for anyone who would like to improve their relationships. -

Alateen and Al-Anon: Meetings for family and friends that may be concerned about someone’s alcohol/drug use. -

Hazelden Betty Ford: The Daily Pledge is an online meeting for anyone interested in recovery. You will need to create an account to login in for meetings. -

In The Rooms: Online global recovery community. You will need to create an account to login for meetings. -


Mindful Practices: Techniques and daily practices on how to be mindful. -

Tips to Care for Yourself during COVID-19: Mayo Clinic shares tips on how to care for yourself during tumultuous times. -

Your Daily Laugh: It’s important to laugh every day. -

Top Registered Mental health topics, support groups, therapy suggestions and classes:



Updated 12/30/2020

Printed from the Iowa Board of Nursing website on January 23, 2021 at 2:48am.