The Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN) was established in 1983 through passage of legislation. IPN is one of Florida’s designated Impaired Practitioner Programs (IPP). IPN under contract with the Florida Department of Health (DOH) provides state-wide education, support and monitoring to nurses with impairing conditions such as substance use disorders, psychiatric and physical conditions. Nurses are most often referred to IPN by nursing employers due to potential safety to practice concerns.
For non-nursing healthcare practitioners, DOH contracts with the Professional Resource Network (PRN) to provide similar services. Florida statute 456.076 provides legislative authority for both IPN and PRN.
- To protect health, safety and welfare of the public, as risks to patients increase when a nurse providing care has an active impairing condition.
- To offer consultation and educational programs to encourage earlier identification and action when fitness to practice concerns are present.
- To provide support and monitoring to nurses appropriate for IPN while assisting each to maintain professional licensure.
- To supply a cost-effective avenue to help nurses as an alternative to the traditional disciplinary process.
- To retain nurses in the nursing profession.
The mission of IPN is to ensure public health and safety by providing education, monitoring, and support to nurses in the State of Florida