The Board is currently seeking professional nurses (RN/LPN)
with experience in substance abuse, mental health and pain management as well as community consumers who have recovered from alcohol or drug addiction or chemical dependency for appointment to the Board’s Rehabilitation Committee.
The Rehabilitation committee assists the Board of Nursing by performing the following duties:
- Evaluate nurses, nursing assistants, medication technicians, electrologists, or applicants to determine whether substance abuse, chemical dependence, mental or medical illness is impairing nursing practice or delegate nursing functions;
- Review and designate treatment facilities and services to which participants may be referred to ensure safe practice; and
- Monitor the compliance of the participant’s recovery progress through scheduled interviews with the nurses, nursing assistants, medication technicians, electrologists, or applicants and review the reports from employers, treatment providers, screening providers and the participant to determine whether the participant may safely continue or resume the practice of nursing or delegated nursing functions.
Currently, each Rehabilitation Committee meets once each month for approximately 6 hours each day, with a break for the lunch hour. There are currently five committees in place for the needs of the Board. The Committee members determine the times and places of the meetings with the Board-employed staff. The appointed Committee members serve a four year term. The Board may choose to appoint a member for a second term. The committee may select a chairperson and vice-chairperson for the committees.
The composition of each Rehabilitation Committee is as follows:
- Three members shall be Registered Nurses, who demonstrate expertise in the field of substance abuse, chemical dependency and/or psychiatric nursing;
- One shall be a Registered Nurse who has demonstrated expertise in the area of pain management;
- One shall be a Licensed Practical Nurse; and
- One shall be a public consumer with demonstrated knowledge in chemical dependency, drug and alcohol recovery or substance abuse.
Candidates seeking appointment to the Rehabilitation Committee should submit resumes containing the following information:
- full name, address, contact phone number and email address
- active and unencumbered LPN or RN license number, current nursing position, name of employer and category of committee position you are applying for (see committee composition).
- Description of past employment history including length of time at each position.
- A written statement of expertise as it relates to chemical dependency, substance abuse, mental health, pain management or drug/alcohol recovery
Please send your resume by e-mail with the header designation “Rehabilitation Committee Appointment” to Keva S. Jackson-McCoy, Director of Discipline and Rehabilitation Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org
. The Board will review all resumes and make all appointments to the Committee. The Board considers geographical representation where possible whenever making committee membership appointments.
Thank you for considering the Maryland Board of Nursing Rehabilitation Committee. The Committee is a critical component of the Board of Nursing. Your expertise and knowledge can greatly serve the public, the nursing community and a benefit to the Board, for the safety and wellbeing of the public we serve.