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Q: Is the program confidential?
A: Yes. We only ask your first name and town.
   
Q: Is this program connected to the Board of Registration in Nursing?
A: No. The MNA is a Professional Association representing 20,000 nurses in Massachusetts. We are not connected to the Board of Registration in Nursing.
   
Q: Does the program cost anything?
A: No. Our Peer Assistants volunteer their time.
   
Q: Do you have to be an MNA member to utilize the Peer Assistance Program?
A: No. The Peer Assistance Program is designed to help all nurses in Massachusetts.
   
Q: Who are your Peer Assistants?
A: MNA Peer Assistants are nurses who volunteer their time and knowledge of recovery to assist other nurses.
   
Q: Is the Peer Assistant a Counselor or Therapist?
A: The program utilizes nurse volunteers to offer peer support.
   
Q: If I just want information on Treatment Facilities or Support Groups can I contact the Peer Assistance Program.
A: Yes. We welcome calls from anyone seeking information.
   
Q: Can a family member or nurse colleague call for assistance?
A: Yes, for information, but the nurse in need must make the request directly for Peer Assistance help.
   
Q: Can a nurse manager or supervisor contact the Peer Assistance Program?
A: Yes for information, but the nurse in need must make the request directly for Peer Assistance help. We do offer a Managers Guidebook to Impaired Practice which may offer additional information for the Manager or Supervisor.
   
Q: Can Student Nurses utilize the program?
A: Yes, we offer Peer Assistance to student nurses as well.
   
Q: Can other licensed Health Care Professionals utilize the program?
A: Yes, we can offer information and referral for other Licensed Healthcare Professionals.
   
Q: Can I become a Peer Assistant?
A: We are always looking for volunteer Peer Assistants. Please contact us for more information about the criteria and the next scheduled training.

 

 


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