Statewide Peer Assistance for Nurses

NYSNA’s Statewide Peer Assistance for Nurses (SPAN) is a confidential education, support, and advocacy program for ALL nurses licensed in New York State, anywhere on the continuum from substance use to substance dependence.

SPAN’s mission is to foster public safety through outreach and education, and is the resource for all New York State nurses affected by substance use disorders.

The SPAN program operates on the belief that every nurse deserves access to treatment, help in preserving his or her license and employment status, and ongoing support throughout the recovery process.

For information, call our confidential Helpline: 800-457-7261 or e-mail

SPAN offers:

Resources to promote heightened awareness and early recognition in the workplace

  • Educational presentations and workshops
  • Troubleshooting for facilities with immediate concerns
  • Helpline for confidential inquiries

Information and education about substance use disorders and Nursing Practice

  • How to access treatment and supportive services
  • The role and functioning of New York State’s regulatory agencies
  • When voluntary license surrender is advantageous
  • Compliance with the provisions of the Professional Assistance Program (PAP)
  • When the need for legal assistance exists

Peer assistance and ongoing recovery support

  • Peer support groups across the state at no out-of-pocket expense to the nurse
  • Expert staff and trained volunteer advocates provide mentorship
  • Advocacy with PAP and regulatory agencies

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