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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 health care professionals in the United States. The PRN program was originally created to serve physicians, and has grown to serve a wide range of health care professionals and other participants. The primary mission of PRN is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public while supporting the integrity of the health care team and other professionals. PRN and its Medical Director serve 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, as well as each individual's practice act. PRN is often 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. This allows PRN to maintain an individual's confidentiality and limits the negative impact on his/her life.
The scope of professionals included under PRN are: Doctor of Medicine; Doctor of Osteopathy; Dentist; Veterinarian; Podiatrist; Chiropractor; Psychologist; Optometrist; Pharmacist/Pharmacy Technician; Medical Student; Clinical Social Worker; Marriage/Family Therapist; Mental Health Counselor; Physical Therapist; Physician Assistant; Speech and Language Pathologist and Audiologist; Occupational Therapist; Respiratory Therapist; Licensed Midwife; EMT's and Paramedics; Orthotist; Prothetist; Massage Therapist; Optician; Medical Physicist; Acupuncturist; Radiation Technician; Physical Therapy Assistant; Dental Hygienist; Dental Assistant; Anesthesia Assistant; Clinical Laboratory Personnel; Dietician/Nutritionist; Hearing Aid Specialist; Nursing Home Administrator; Athletic Trainer; Electrologist. As Consultant to the DBPR, PRN’s scope of services encompasses Veterinarians and Harbor Pilots.