Recognizing and Reporting Nurse Impairment in the Workplace for Florida Nurses


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About this Course
Healthcare professionals are at risk for substance use disorders and impairment.  A nurse with a substance use disorder and impairment is a healthcare risk for safe patient care, as well as a personal healthcare risk. This mandatory Florida course describes the significance of the problem as well as the signs and symptoms of substance use disorders and impairment in nurses. Employer strategies to recognize and address the problem are provided.  This course meets the Florida Board of Nursing mandatory continuing education requirement of a 2-hour course on recognizing impairment in the workplace, which must be completed by licensed nurses every other biennium.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Define words and terms related to substance use disorder and impairment according to Florida Statutes.
  • Describe the current state of nurse impairment and substance use disorder and their impact.
  • Differentiate between myths and truths as they relate to substance use disorder.
  • Recognize the signs of impairment in colleagues as well as in oneself. 
  • Describe employer initiatives to promote safety.
  • Discuss interventions to help the nurse dealing with impairment. 
  • Explain the role of the Intervention Project for Nurses in helping nurses recover from substance use disorder and impairment. 
  • Explain Florida’s laws and rules as they pertain to impaired practice.
  • Describe the process of reporting or referring to the nurse functioning under impairment. 
  • Discuss treatment strategies for the nurse who is dealing with impairment.
About the Author 
Adrianne E. Avillion, D.Ed, RN, is an accomplished nursing professional development specialist and published healthcare education author. She is the owner of Strategic Nursing Professional Development, a business devoted to helping nurses maintain competency and enhance their professional growth and development. Dr. Avillion earned a doctoral degree in adult education and an MS from Penn State University, along with a BSN from Bloomsburg University. 

How to Receive Credit 
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 2-hour commitment of time. 
  • At the end of the course, answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity.
  • Specific to Florida: A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 70% or higher is required. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest

Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Colibri Healthcare, LLC not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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Accreditations and Approvals
Colibri Healthcare, LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 

Course ID: 62594