About WisPAN


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Nurses at risk for substance use disorder

The American Nurses Association (ANA) estimates that six to eight percent of nurses use alcohol or drugs to an extent that is sufficient to impair professional performance. Others estimate that nurses generally misuse drugs and alcohol at nearly the same rate (10 to 15 percent) as the rest of the population. That means that if you work with 10 nurses, one of them is likely to be struggling with a substance use disorder (NCSBN 2011).

How does WisPAN help?​

Maybe you are one of those nurses. WisPAN is the only organization in Wisconsin to offer peer support for nurses with substance use disorders by nurses recovering from substance use disorders. We are here to support the recovery process by offering group support, individual support, and education.

We want all nurses in Wisconsin to have access to peer support when they need it without fear of judgment.

We further hope through education offered by WisPAN, all Wisconsinites will understand substance use disorder in nursing.

Supporting Nurse Well-Being

Are you a nurse dealing with challenges in mental wellness either exacerbated or directly related to being a nurse? Has your self-care and wellness taken a backseat amidst your various professional and personal responsibilities?  Or are you simply looking for connection to fellow nursing colleagues with shared experience who you feel get it? WisPAN Nurse’s Mental Wellness Group is a confidential safe space for all nurses to tell their stories, listen to others, and build connections within a culture of support where you can develop resilience and conquer burnout. Contact us for details!

What does WisPAN offer?

  • Peer support for nurses in Wisconsin by nurses in Wisconsin.
  • Promotion of nurse well-being and patient safety through educating healthcare professionals, institutions, and the public.

Our Team

Kristin Waite-Labott
Founder and President
Interim Treasurer
Melissa Owens
Vice President
Heidi Paquette
Director at Large
Nancy Korom
Director at Large
Helen Saha
Director at Large
Director at Large
Lee Za Ong
Director at Large
Angie Bartkus
Director at Large
Liesette Rendell
Director at Large

Our Values


Courageous decisions to drive us in meeting our goals of promoting nurse well-being and patient safety through educating healthcare professionals, institutions, and the public.



Collaborative efforts with state, healthcare, and education leaders in Wisconsin to realize our vision and meet our goals. Together we can meet our goals.


Honesty and Integrity at the highest level within all aspects of our work. These two qualities build trust with those we work with.


Gratitude for all involved in our organization: the nurses that trust us to help them, the nurses offering support, the support from our communities, volunteers, donors, board members and staff.