Frequently Asked Questions

What is WV Restore?        

  • WV Restore is an voluntary alternative to discipline program authorized by state statute that assists nursing professionals struggling with physical, psychological, or chemical impairment that is impacting their professional practice.  WV Restore provides an avenue for early identification before harm comes to patients, and gives options for treatment, monitoring and advocacy if necessary for the impaired professional.

Why is the program offered?

  • The WV Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses and the state legislature believes that chemical, physical, or psychological impairment is an illness, and should be treated as much.  Just as in most cases an individual would not lose their ability to practice because of a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus for example, these conditions are classified as primary diseases (like diabetes) by the medical community, and Restore offers affected individuals the opportunity to take the steps required to put the disease in remission and return to practice.  

Who is eligible to enroll in WV Restore?

  •  Any  Registered Professional Nurse currently licensed, or has a completed application pending for licensure in the State of West Virginia
  • Any licensed Registered Professional Nurse with a temporary work permit residing in the State of West Virginia.
  • Any graduate of a nursing school that prepares registered professional nurses, who is eligible for licensure
  • Any Registered Professional Nurse requesting licensure and relocation in West Virginia who is currently in good standing in an alternative to discipline or peer assistance program in another state
  • Any student of a registered professional nursing school in West Virginia who is willing to voluntarily participate
  • Registered Professional Nurses or students of a registered professional nursing program who are evaluated to be appropriate for WVR participation.

What Conditions are Appropriate and/or required for WVR Entry?

  • Impairment concerns due to the use of alcohol and/or other drugs or due to any psychiatric, psychological  or physical condition which potentially impairs nursing practice.
  • Nurse Practice Act violation(s) related to any impairment and/or the use of alcohol and/or other drugs.
  • Unprofessional behaviors that could potentially harm the health care consumer.
  • Referral by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses (WVBOERPN).
  • The potential WVR participant must be willing to agree to terms of WVR participation in writing by executing the WVR Monitoring Contract and appropriate releases.
  • The applicant, if previously terminated from WVR, will be re-admitted to WVR by the terms of the current re-admission policy, and/or approval by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses.
  • The Registered Professional Nurse must reside in West Virginia or a state with a similar monitoring program in which the nurse can successfully enter and participate.  

What would cause a participant to be terminated from WV Restore?

  • Non-compliance with the WVR Monitoring Contract or Participant Manual.
  • Failure to progress satisfactorily while being monitored by WVR.
  • Working or attempting to work in nursing when refrained by WVR.
  • Relocation outside of the State of West Virginia without WVR approval.
  • Relocation outside of the State of West Virginia when unable to transfer into approved program similar to WVR.
  • Participant request for termination.
  • Three incidents of material non-compliance as defined in the Material Non-Compliance Policy.
  • Failure to submit monitoring reports in a timely manner.
  • Failure to pay WVR annual monitoring fee.

Will I be able to continue working while entering WV Restore?

  • No, in the vast majority of cases referred to WV Restore, you will be required to refrain from practice unitl WV Restore authorizes you to return to work.  It is important to bear in mind that if evidence of impairment is reported to the nursing board, then a likely suspension will be imposed which will prevent an individual from working.  Furthermore if the issue is unresolved then an eventual revocation could also occur.   
How can I survive financially if I cannot work while entering Restore?

  • Many healthcare providers that have to enter alternative to discipline programs experience financial hardships as the result of their actions.  The primary goal of WV Restore is to protect the public, so letting an impaired practictioner to continue to work due to their financial needs does not meet this goal.  Some may have the option of short term leave from their work as well as disability.  Individuals are also permitted to work outside of their professional fields.  It is important to bear in mind that in many of these cases providers face the possibility of losing their licensure as a result of these issues and would incur much more of a financial hardship in the long run. 

How long will I be off work if I enter WV Restore?

  • This is determined on a case-by-case basis, based on the individuals severity of disease and their progression through the required treatment.

How can I afford treatment if I was just terminated from my job and lost my insurance?

  • Early intervention is crucial once an individual with impairment is identified.  Immediate reporting of the employee by the employer to WV Restore and urging them to contact WV Restore is extremely beneficial.  Even if an insurance has been terminated, sometimes there is coverage for the remainder of the month and there is always an option for COBRA insurance in the interim, and many treatment centers WV Restore works with have options to assists participants in this regard.  

Who can refer to WV Restore?

  • Employers
  • Self-referral.  The practioner contacts WV Restore before being confronted to do so by the employer, co-worker, or nursing board.
  • Board-referred.  All individuals that have complaints of possible impairment reported to the nursing board are given the option to contact WV Restore.
  • Family members, co-workers, friends, attorneys, etc.  
  • For more information on whether a referral is appropriate and how that process works:  CLICK HERE.