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Alabama Board of Nursing
VDAP Usual Requirements for Monitoring

Monitoring agreements are somewhat individualized, based on the circumstances bringing the nurse to VDAP. Most nurses who sign Chemical Dependency Monitoring Agreements are required to engage in the following monitoring activities:

  • Maintain an active nursing license at all times.
  • Period of time for monitoring is 60 months (5 years) for most nurses, with options for completion after 36 months (3 years).
  • Monitoring fee of up to $1,000 due 30 days after signing VDAP Agreement
  • Access to controlled substances restricted for a minimum of 6 months of nursing employment. In addition, the nurse must work at least 6 months of the 18 months required with the controlled substances restriction lifted.  
  • Work as a nurse a minimum of 18 months before completing the monitoring agreement. The nurse must also have the controlled substances restriction lifted a minimum of 6 months.
  • Random drug screens for the duration of monitoring.
  • Attend 12 Step meetings at least 3 times per week.
  • Attend Continuing Care meetings at least once a week for one year.
  • Complete any other treatment recommendations, such as individual counseling, group counseling, etc.
  • Submit all required reports to the Board.
  • Obtain verifications of all medications from the prescriber and have these on file at Board office.
  • Remain free of alcohol or drugs (for which there are no verifying prescriptions) for the duration of the monitoring agreement.

Monitoring activities and fees for nurses with Mental Illness or Physical Illness Agreements are determined on an individual basis. These Agreements vary in length, usually from one to three years.

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