> KNAP - The Kansas Nurses Assistance Program
KNAP - The Kansas Nurses Assistance Program - 913-236-7575
What is KNAP?
KNAP is a professional assistance program designed
to assist all nurses and mental health technicians who have a problem
or illness that has or could impair their ability to practice safely.
KNAP is overseen by a voluntary Board of Directors
comprised of nurses who are knowledgeable in these issues and who
are willing to donate their time and expertise to assist other nurses.
The Board of Directors contracts with the Kansas
State Board of Nursing to provide this program and, with Heart of
America Professional Network (HAPN), to administer and facilitate
The Goal of KNAP
Mental and physical illness, including alcohol
and other drug addiction, can potentially impair practice and health.
We estimate that at any given time, approximately 10% of the population
is affected. This same percentage is thought to be true of
Alcohol and other drug addiction, as well as
mental and physical illnesses, are treatable. KNAP works with
the program participants to obtain an evaluation, treatment (if
indicated), and monitoring throughout the recovery process.
Self-referrals to the program are encouraged, but
referrals may be made by a family member, a friend, employer or
anyone concerned about the nurse/LMHT.
Anonymous referrals are not accepted. A person
may call for information or advice without giving their name, however.
Referrals may be made by calling 913-236-7575.
- Confidential services to Kansas RN's, LPN's, and
LMHT's experiencing problems and illnesses which could lead to
- Interventions, assessments, referrals for evaluation
and treatment (if indicated.)
- On-going monitoring through random urine drug screens,
contact with employers and monthly groups.
Relationship to The Kansas State Board of
KNAP is a confidential program. As long as the
nurse cooperates with the program, his or her name will not be shared
with the Board of Nursing.
REPORTING REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE RISK MANAGEMENT LAW
ARE SATISFIED BY A REPORT TO KNAP.
Causes for Concern
- Narcotics discrepancies, e.g.: incorrect counts,
alteration of narcotic containers, increased patient reports of
ineffective pain control, discrepancies on records or frequent
corrections of records, unusual amounts of narcotics wasted, significant
variations in the quantity of narcotics ordered for technician's
unit or shift.
- Fluctuations in the quality of work performance.
- Irresponsible behavior from someone previously
conscientious and responsible.
- Requests to work shifts that are the least supervised.
- Inordinate interest in patients' pain control medications.
- Increasing isolation from colleagues, friends and
family and avoiding social activities.
- Complaints from others about work performance or
alcohol or drug use.
- Mood swings, irritability or depression, or suicide
threats or attempts, perhaps caused by accidental overdose.
- Obvious intoxication such as swaying, staggering
or slurred speech.
- Odor of alcohol on breath or the excessive use
of breath-fresheners or perfume to disguise the odor of alcohol.
KNAP is supported by funds from the Board of Nursing
and, in small part, by fees charged to the participants.
For further information
The Kansas Nurses Assistance Program
Cloverleaf Complex Bldg #3 6405 Metcalf, Suite 502
Overland Park, Ks 66202
firstname.lastname@example.org - John Childers, LMSW - Executive Director
email@example.com - Regena M. Walters, RN- Program Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org - Betty Childers - Program Assistant