The Professionals Resource Network, Inc. (PRN) is a nationally recognized, legislatively enacted private non-profit 501(c)3 organization, that is widely cited as one of the premier programs for impaired healthcare professionals in the United States.
The PRN program was originally created to serve physicians and others working in safety sensitive positions. The primary mission of PRN is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public while supporting the integrity of the healthcare team and other professionals.
PRN serves as the Consultant to the Florida Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) on matters relating to practitioner impairment. The DOH and the DBPR contract with PRN to provide mandated services of the Florida Statutes in Chapters 455 and 456, each individual’s practice act.
PRN is an alternative to the DOH/DBPR disciplinary process. Due to increased education of licensed health care practitioners, hospitals and other employees, health care practitioners participating in PRN do so voluntarily instead of being reported to or by DOH/DBPR. Many healthcare professionals participate in PRN instead of the disciplinary process.
The scope of professionals included under PRN are:
- Anesthesia Assistant
- Athletic Trainer
- Clinical Laboratory Personnel
- Clinical Social Worker
- Dental Assistant
- Dental Hygienist
- Doctor of Medicine
- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
- EMT’s and Paramedics
- Harbor Pilots
- Hearing Aid Specialist
- Licensed Midwife
- Marriage/Family Therapist
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Physicist
- Mental Health Therapist
- Nursing Home Administrator
- Occupational Therapist
- Pharmacist/Pharmacy Technician/Pharmacy Intern
- Physical Therapist/Physical Therapy Assistant
- Physician Assistant
- Radiation Technologist
- Respiratory Therapist
- Speech and Language Pathologist and Audiologist