Purpose of Course:
The purpose of this course is to help nurses identify impaired professional colleagues who put patients at risk and also to identify supportive services which are available for assistance. The pressures of nursing, the easy availability of drugs combined with other stressors can be a volatile mix for someone who is having difficulty coping with stress. There are other ways that a nurse can be impaired on the job such as psychologically, but for the purpose of this course the focus will be the misuse and abuse of alcohol, legal drugs, and illegal drugs. The nurse has an ethical and legal responsibility to each patient to provide safe care, and protect the patient from harm.
Objectives of Course:
- Identify common substances that are misused or abused.
- Describe ten behaviors that are red flags
- List three possible contributing factors that increases the likelihood of addiction.
- Identify impact on patient care.
- Identify five markers of drug diversion by nurses.
- Define employee assistance program and describe how they can be helpful
- List three ways that nurse handle impaired co-worker situations.
- Describe where to locate the mandatory reporting law for your state.
- Discuss treatment options for impaired nurses.