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Early Intervention Program

The Early Intervention Program is a comprehensive program that is available to nurses with any illness that could affect their ability to provide safe patient care.

posted June 28, 2012

Early Intervention Program (Health)

In February 2012, the CRNBC Board approved a policy setting out the principles and framework for an Early Intervention Addiction Program for CRNBC Registrants. The goals of the program are to:

  1. ensure that nurses who require assistance attend addiction treatment and engage in ongoing relapse prevention; 
  2. promote public protection;
  3. ensure nurses are practising only when fit to do so; and
  4. meet statutory reporting requirements in accordance with sections 32.2 and 32.3 of the Health Professions Act.

On April 20, the CRNBC Board broadened the scope of this program. Previously, it was limited to addiction. Now the Early Intervention Program covers nurses with any illness that could affect their ability to provide safe patient care.

The program is private and confidential. A nurse’s involvement in the program is not noted on the CRNBC register: these nurses are meeting the Professional Responsibility and Accountability Standard by removing themselves from nursing practice before their illness negatively impacts nursing practice. Nurses in the program agree to:

  • not return to practice until a physician expert has approved  their return
  • have CRNBC monitor compliance with treatment recommendations provided by a medical  expert

Nurses may self-refer to the program. Employers or others such as physicians can also refer nurses.


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Early Intervention Program (Health)

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