SLL Recovering Nurse Fund
In 2017, LNF took a courageous step and established the Sister Lucie Leonard Recovering Nurse Fund to assist nurses in their substance abuse recovery. During the inaugural programming year, the Fund will cost-share half of the COBRA insurance costs of eligible and selected Registered Nurses for the first two months after enrolling in the Louisiana State Board of Nursing’s Recovering Nurse Program (RNP). The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) gives workers and their families who lose their health benefits the right to choose to continue group health benefits provided by their group health plan for limited periods of time. By maintaining health insurance through COBRA, participating nurses will have less out-of-pocket costs for recovery.
RNP was developed to identify and assist impaired nurses to seek treatment to remain productive members of the profession without jeopardizing public safety.
The program enables nurses suffering from substance abuse to self-identify, complete inpatient treatment, and being five years of continuous monitoring through random drug screens, support groups, and employer reports. After completion of treatment and clearance to return to work by the RNP staff and treatment team, the individual is allowed to practice in a highly supervised setting. The specialized treatment with added structure and accountability of monitoring programs have been linked to greater success in monitoring abstinence. This program has been shown to be highly effective with a three-year lapse rate of 0.8%, which considerably lower than the general adult population one-year lapsed rates estimated to be between 40% to 60%.
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