TPAPN info, please!!

  1. Hi all. I'm a newly licensed lpn out of the state of NY. I applied to TX and they've sent me back recommedations to do this TPAPN thing. I've been trying to find things online about it but am having a hard time. What does this entail? Is there alot of traveling I need to do?? The reason for the refferal is that When I was 18 and 19 I got a couple dwi's. Nothing since. NY licensed me immediately. Can anyone give me some info or any opions on this matter. Thanks so much

    Linda
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  3. by   TLP29
    There is specific information about the program on the website. I think you can do a web search and find out more.
  4. by   Kiya
    I believe there to be some information about TPAPN on the Texas BNE website but don't quote me for truth.
  5. by   bonodonnaonaroll
    My understanding is that the Tx BNE is not that supportive of nurses in your situation. TPAPN has been written about before on this board-just have to look back to find the post.
    If you don't have to come to Texas, may be better to reconsider. I came to Houston after being in CA. Boy, do I regret that deciscion!
    Good Luck,
    Julie
  6. by   latrink
    Well my husbands in the army and we moved here right after I finished school in NY. I don't understand why they would have me do this. They're looking at DwI's from when I was 19 y/o. Right now I unfortunetly don't have a choice but to do whatever they ask so I can begin working. NY did not give me any problems. It's very frustrating and there is little info on what TPAPN entails online. I have read some of the threads and I just see that many people would rather start a new career than deal with this.
  7. by   Kyrshamarks
    Can you get a job at the base hospital as a nurse? if you work for the federal government you do not need a Texas Nursing License to work. Your New York license will be just fine.
  8. by   TheCommuter
    If you don't agree to go through TPAPN, you won't be issued a Texas nursing license.
  9. by   Magsulfate
    www.tpapn.org is the link to tpapn. and YES, it is a lot of stuff to do.
  10. by   Murphyrn1955
    Quote from latrink
    Hi all. I'm a newly licensed lpn out of the state of NY. I applied to TX and they've sent me back recommedations to do this TPAPN thing. I've been trying to find things online about it but am having a hard time. What does this entail? Is there alot of traveling I need to do?? The reason for the refferal is that When I was 18 and 19 I got a couple dwi's. Nothing since. NY licensed me immediately. Can anyone give me some info or any opions on this matter. Thanks so much

    Linda

    Were the DWI's before you became an LPN? If so talk to a texas attorney and have him write a letter. TPAPN is for NURSES who have a problem. There isn't a nurse alive who hasn't had a dwi at one time or another or some other problem!
  11. by   SN Dawn
    Hello
    As a student I am looking into TPAPN. I just read something in the nurse practice act that might interest you..... Rule 213.29 sub sec G addresses behavior attributable to "youthful indiscretion" it said the board will determine if the behavior was enough to impede licensure.
    again I am not a lawyer but as I was reading I reflected on what you wrote and thought that this might help.
    If you dont mind could you go to my board and give me your story so I can share it with my class mates? Thank you
  12. by   BellaCerraRN
    They may just want TPAPN to evaluate you.

    When you initially contact TPAPN they will have you go thru a drug/alcohol evlauation. If the counselor (LCDC licenced) doesn't believe you're an adict/alcoholic then you're not eligible for TPAPN. Texas has a new program out there for Nurses that are not TPAPN eligible. Currently there is little information on it. It is called the EEP (extended evaluation program).

    It costs $250.00 to enroll and then you have 12-18 drug screens in 12 months and then you're done. Total cost is about $900.00. You may be eligible for that.

    BUT if TPAPN kicks you because you're not eligible then the board may review your case and issue you a licence anyway. Don't give up yet. At least see what TPAPN has to say.

    You have to wonder why some nurses don't feel going thru TPAPN is worth it. Could it be that they don't want to stay sober long enough? I know that isn't the case for all, but I'm sure it is for some or many.

    Good luck to you and welcome to Texas!

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