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Release Date: November 17, 2016
Expiration Date: November 30, 2019
Despite the continual increase in rates of substance abuse across the country, nurses and other health professionals rarely report themselves for treatment of drug or alcohol abuse, even when it impairs their ability to practice. Florida, among other states, has mandated continuing educational credits on recognizing impairment in the workplace for nurses to maintain their licensure. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the state of Florida employed over 213,000 registered nurses (including advanced practice nurses) and licensed practical nurses. With this in mind, Florida’s population is at risk for having over 2,000 impaired nursing professionals in the workforce, yet there is currently a lack of knowledge regarding the identification of, reporting requirements for, and treatment options available to impaired professionals working in the healthcare arena.
As healthcare professionals, nurses are responsible for identifying the signs and symptoms of impaired practice. They are responsible for documenting and reporting impaired practice and for providing treatment opportunities to assist impaired professionals in their recovery as well as their safe return to practice. This course is designed especially for registered nurses, licensed practical/vocational nurses, and advanced practice nurses and will meet the mandated continuing education requirement set forth by the Florida Board of Nursing to provide education related to recognizing impairment in the workforce. Completing this course will provide nurses with the information needed, specific to the state of Florida, to promote and provide safe practice, facilitate interventions, and protect the public if faced with impairment of a colleague or self.
Florida Nurses: This fulfills your 2-hour impairment in the workplace requirement.
- Identify the signs of impairment in the workplace.
- Describe employer initiatives to promote safety and provide assistance to impaired practitioners.
- List the steps to make a report or referral of an impaired colleague.
- Summarize the mandatory reporting law for the state of Florida.
- Describe treatment programs for impaired practitioners in the state of Florida, including the role of impaired practitioner consultants and alternative-to-discipline programs.
- Identify the components of a comprehensive impairment treatment program.
Laura G. Leahy, DrNP, APRN, PMH-CNS/FNP, BC, is an honors graduate of Duke University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Drexel University, where she received her doctoral degree focusing on premenstrual symptom exacerbation in women with psychiatric comorbidities. Dr. Leahy is certified as a child/adolescent and adult family psychiatric advanced practice nurse, specializing in individual, couples, and family therapy as well as psychopharmacology and pharmacogenetics. She also maintains specialization as a master clinician in psychopharmacology through the Neuroscience Education Institute. In addition to being a prominent clinician and educator, Dr. Leahy has been an invited lecturer for countless local, regional, and national conferences. She has published Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Nurses (2013), the first nurse-edited and nurse-authored text published through American Psychiatric Publishing, the publisher for the American Psychiatric Association, and Pocket Psych Drugs: Point-of-Care Clinical Guide (2010), as well as numerous nursing textbook chapters and journal articles.
- Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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