Recovery program 3 years in one state, 5 years in another

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I have just a couple of months left in the program for Texas called TPAPN. I am also licensed in Louisiana and TPAPN sends their program, RNP, all my reports and updates. Recently Louisiana has been contacting TPAPN to ask questions about me in their program and so I looked up their program duration online and it says RNP lasts 5 years. Will I have to be monitored an additional 2 years? God, I was so happy that I wouldn't have to pay for any more drug tests and now this comes up. I'm afraid to call and ask, but I know I will eventually have to. Does anyone have information?

TKsprivatenurse

TKsprivatenurse

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I just wanted to add that I got a call from my CM in Texas and they reported to me that I am not allowed to work in the state of Louisiana for 2 additional years unless I join their monitoring program. Idk if it would just be for 2 years or if I would have to start from the beginning of a 5 year program. This could be an issue for me since I am fighting for custody of my child and might be forced to move back to Louisiana in order to have shared or sole custody. I have my opinion on the matter, but I think I will keep it to myself. All I can say is that I followed a very rigorous program in Texas for 3 years and had top-notch treatment so Idk why that's not good enough for Louisiana.

hppygr8ful, ASN, RN, EMT-I

Specializes in Psych, Addictions, SOL (Student of Life). Has 20 years experience. 4 Articles; 4,573 Posts

I just wanted to add that I got a call from my CM in Texas and they reported to me that I am not allowed to work in the state of Louisiana for 2 additional years unless I join their monitoring program. Idk if it would just be for 2 years or if I would have to start from the beginning of a 5 year program. This could be an issue for me since I am fighting for custody of my child and might be forced to move back to Louisiana in order to have shared or sole custody. I have my opinion on the matter, but I think I will keep it to myself. All I can say is that I followed a very rigorous program in Texas for 3 years and had top-notch treatment so Idk why that's not good enough for Louisiana.

I don't know anything about Louisiana's program but you might consider consulting a lawyer familiar with professional licensing issues and go from there.

Hppy

Nathan08T

Nathan08T

59 Posts

I would assume the only way Louisiana would honor TPAPN is if the guidelines from both states we're the same. I remember reading about someone who transferred to another state but the new state made them start over because their home state program didn't test for a specific drug that the new state did. It's all a bunch of horseshit. They can all go **** themselves

catsmeow1972, BSN, RN

Specializes in OR. Has 15 years experience. 1,306 Posts

I would definitely check out a professional licensing lawyer. So many of these programs are so $$$$ driven that nobody cares how much you've done for one states program for how long, that if some way can be found to gouge a person for yet more money for more years for more pointless testing, they'll do it.

dekyrn

dekyrn

74 Posts

I was in a new state when i began the monitoring program for the state i lost my license in. I was in monitoring for 2 years when i was able to activate my licence in my new state. I had completed all of my requirements for the original state (except drug screens) including a year of individual and domestic violence counseling. I was forced to start over with a new agreement 5 years in length. When its all said and done i will have been in monitoring for 7 years with all neg. Drug screens. Its frustrating and expensive but if there is any chance of you going back figure it out now.

SororAKS, ADN, RN

Specializes in ER, ICU/CCU, Open Heart OR Recovery, Etc. Has 12 years experience. 1 Article; 720 Posts

I'd consult a professional licensure attorney.

I have no idea what your personal situation is but I simply wouldn't work in Louisiana. Surely the great state of Texas offers enough employment opportunities to forego an additional two years of this non-sense. I'm a life-long Pittsburgh area guy and I'd move to Alaska to get out of this program. Good luck!!!

hppygr8ful, ASN, RN, EMT-I

Specializes in Psych, Addictions, SOL (Student of Life). Has 20 years experience. 4 Articles; 4,573 Posts

I have no idea what your personal situation is but I simply wouldn't work in Louisiana. Surely the great state of Texas offers enough employment opportunities to forego an additional two years of this non-sense. I'm a life-long Pittsburgh area guy and I'd move to Alaska to get out of this program. Good luck!!!

I just read somewhere that Alaska nurses are some of the highest paid nurses in the country!

Twoyearnurse

Twoyearnurse

510 Posts

What what! Alaska is awesome :)

So what was the outcome of switching programs ? I’m in the same boat except Im going from. Louisiana to Texas.

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