unable to practice nursing safely due to use of drugs, alcohol, chemicals, a mental
condition, or the possession or distribution of controlled drugs for other than
legitimate purposes is a violation of the Nurse Practice Act that can result in
disciplinary action taken against a nurse’s license by the Florida Board of Nursing.
If the nurse has been reported only to IPN, he/she agrees to participate in IPN,
and successfully completes IPN, the file is closed and held in confidence
with no disciplinary action resulting. If the nurse is reported only
to IPN, and does not agree to participate, or does not successfully complete IPN,
then the information in IPN’s possession is forwarded to the DOH, and may result
in disciplinary action, if deemed appropriate. In some cases, the nurse
is reported both to IPN and the DOH and in those cases, the disciplinary process
proceeds and may result in disciplinary action.