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The Ridgeview Recovering
Professionals Aftercare Program serves as a monitoring and
advocacy component to our treatment program.
McGrane and Beth Houser are both Nurse Advocates, and lead
the Nurses Support Groups for
Services. Both have many years of psychiatric and addiction
nursing experience. Donna works in Business Development and
Beth is the Nurse Manager for the Child and Adolescent
Program. They provide a variety of support and resource
information for nurses, Ridgeview and the community.
As Nurse Advocates, they are members of the Georgia Nurses
Association and American Nurses Association, and are active
in meeting quarterly with other Georgia Nurse Advocates
around the state to provide ongoing education and support
for nurses with impairment.
Advocates are available for interventions with nurses and to
assist hospital personnel in identifying impaired practice.
The goal is to help healthcare staff understand the disease
of addiction, as well as to provide support and treatment
resources for nurses (rather than take punitive measures).
Another major objective for advocates is supporting the
nurse back to work and through his/her work experience.
This is done through providing in-service education to
hospital administration and management staff, help with
policies regarding impaired practice and work issues,
educating schools of nursing, EAP’s and any other
opportunities that may arise to help people become better
informed about the disease.
In Georgia, the Nursing Board has a responsibility to
maintain public safety. By helping nurses get the treatment
and support they may need for their disease, they can
continue to support a nurse in providing safe nursing care
and keeping his/her license. Many nurses get the help and
support through the Georgia Nurse Advocate Program.
Donna and Beth are both available for any nurse who calls
for help or comes to Ridgeview for an assessment. They may
explain how the Nursing Board gets involved, encourage
treatment either at Ridgeview or other resources in the
community, support a nurse’s return to work, provide
in-service education, connect a nurse with other recovering
nurses, or are available for an employer or employee
struggling with the disease of addiction. They also monitor
all the nurses involved in aftercare at Ridgeview through
advocacy on their behalf with the Nursing Board and by
providing ongoing support as nurses return to work and face
the challenges of daily life in recovery.
To learn more about the signs and symptoms of an impaired
nurse addicted to either alcohol or drugs, or to learn more
about the Georgia Nurses Association, follow the link below
and click on “Workplace Issues”, then on the “Impaired
Nurse” to learn more about the Nurse Advocate program.