Welcome to West Virginia Restore
program for healthcare professionals, such as nurses, who are currently struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, or a qualifying mental health condition.
Two admission avenues. Very different outcomes.
Voluntary Admission (Self-Report)When a healthcare professional (HCP) is proactive and voluntarily self-reports drug or alcohol use or a qualifying mental health condition to WVR, higher levels of confidentiality and advocacy may be offered. However, if the HCP is later reported to WVR by an outside agency, the voluntary (self-report) status may be changed to reflect a mandatory or Employer Referred, WV RN Board referral.
Mandatory Admission (WV Nursing Board or Employer)When a healthcare professional (HCP) is caught, suspected of diversion, questionably impaired at work, has a qualifying mental health condition, or is suspected of not being fit for duty, the West Virginia State Board of Nursing, Employer, or other regulatory agency may require a mandatory evaluation and admission into WVR. If this is the case, WVR may be required to maintain complete transparency with all participating reporting agencies in terms of admission into the program, monitoring compliance, ongoing updates, and discharge or completion status.
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Up to 15% of healthcare providers suffer
from drug or alcohol addiction.
The Process Defined
process to offer the greatest impact.
What does confidentiality mean?
We take your privacy seriously and understand the magnitude of your current situation, as well as its impact on your career and family. While we are required to report monitoring information for mandated, WV Board Referred or Employer Referred admissions to the governing bodies of West Virginia, nurses entering WVR voluntarily or on Self-Report have confidentiality (unless reported by another entity). So, don't hesitate to pick up the phone and call us for more information.
Know the warning signs
Identifying a nurse who is struggling with addiction or a qualifying mental health condition can be difficult. They often don't fit the stereotype of a typical user. They may be the professional who is coming in early, staying late and seems like they are providing quality patient care. In most cases, if you suspect something is wrong, it probably is.
Remember: If you are an employer or coworker and suspect a colleague is potentially impaired, it is your obligation to report your concerns. Call us today for more information and assistance in the reporting process. We are here to help you and your team.
- Sudden change in attitude or personality
- Change in work habit, late to work, unprepared for shifts, hurried
- Coming in extra early, staying late, offering to give breaks often
- Change in medication use
- Patients report increasing pain/discomfort on healthcare provider's shift
- Weight loss/gain/changes
- Increased isolation
- Pupillary changes (constriction or dilation)
- Physical illness such as nausea, vomiting, diaphoresis or anxiety (possible signs of withdrawal)