North Carolina Board of Nursing

Discipline & Compliance

Drug Monitoring Programs

Intervention Program (IP)

The IP is a voluntary alternative to disciplinary action for a nurse who:

  • Tests positive for an illicit substance on a random or pre-employment screen. An illicit substance is defined as any drug contained in Schedule I or Schedule VI of the Controlled Substances Act of North Carolina, or any drug for which the nurse cannot provide a legitimate prescription of their own.
  • Has a Driving While Impaired (DWI) conviction involving one or more grossly aggravating factors.

Objectives of the IP include the following:

  • Early recognition and intervention for nurses who may abuse drugs/alcohol or be chemically dependent.
  • To ensure the health, safety and welfare of the public through a program that monitors nurses testing positive for illicit substances.

If you would like additional information about the IP, you may contact the Monitoring Coordinator using one of the following methods:

  • Phone: Candace Elliott at (919) 782-3211 ext. 228
  • Write the Intervention Program:

    North Carolina Board of Nursing
    Post Office Box 2129
    Raleigh, North Carolina 27602