30 Jan Nurses’ Health Program
The Nurses’ Health Program (NHP) is a new program that offers support and treatment to nurses across Ontario with mental health and/or substance use disorders. NHP is a voluntary, bilingual, evidence-based program, focused on early identification and referral to treatment.
The NHP offers eligible nurses access to:
- dedicated case managers
- comprehensive assessments
- individualized support and treatment plans
Significant research shows that voluntary and confidential professional health programs are highly effective in supporting recovery while protecting the public. This program recognizes mental health and addiction as illnesses and adopts a non-punitive approach to treatment that reduces stigma and focuses on recovery.
How does the program work?
The dedicated case managers with the NHP develop an individualized support and treatment program tailored to each nurse’s needs that may include monitoring the nurse’s practice so that they may continue to practice safely while receiving treatment or returning to practice. The NHP is a new alternative to the College of Nurses of Ontario’s (CNO) current regulatory process. Nurses participating in the program can also have confidence that their name will not be disclosed to the public if they follow the terms of their contract.
Am I eligible to participate?
To be eligible for the program the nurse must be:
- registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario in the general or extended class
- experiencing issues with mental health and/or substance use disorders that affect their ability to practice safely
The NHP was developed by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA), the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) and the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO) and is administered by Lifemark.