Who We Are
WVR is committed to protecting the public by proving a monitoring and recovery program for registered professional nurses with a substance use disorder or a qualifying mental health condition.
To provide all health care professionals suffering from substance use disorder or qualifying mental health condition, the support, resources, advocacy, and accountability needed to overcome their addiction and return to safe practice and self-wellness.
In addition to the mission statement, WV Restore has adopted the following objectives:
- Ensure public health and safety through a program that provides education, early intervention, and close monitoring of Registered Professional Nurses who may be unsafe to practice due to the use of drugs including alcohol and/or a psychiatric, psychological condition. (§30-7-11a)
- Protect consumers from impaired practice; WVR requires that the Registered Professional Nurse withdraw from nursing practice immediately and refrain from working until WVR is assured that the Registered Professional Nurse is fit for practice and can safely return.
- Facilitate early intervention, thereby decreasing the time between the referral of the Registered Professional Nurse to WVR and entry into an effective treatment and recovery process.
- Coordinate rehabilitation and provide monitoring for Registered Professional Nurses in a therapeutic, non-punitive, and confidential process.
- Provide a cost-effective alternative to the traditional disciplinary process for registered professional nurses.
- Develop and maintain a statewide resource network of appropriate services for WVR participants including approved treatment providers and programs, nurse support groups, etc.
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Benefits of WVR
Maintaining a high level of confidentiality with voluntary admission (unless reported by another entity)
Protecting patients from being cared for by an impaired provider
Offering guidance, resources, and education to employers as they attempt to manage the impaired provider
Providing health care professionals with the opportunity to salvage their careers with successful completion of the program
Helping retain otherwise, highly-skilled providers within the profession