Substance Use Disorder in Nursing: Identification, Reporting, and Support, 2nd Edition


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About the Course
Physicians and nurses have one of the highest rates of addiction in the workforce. An estimated 20% of nurses struggle with an addiction to drugs or alcohol (Addiction Center, 2019). Nurses who function in an impaired state are a danger to patients, colleagues, and themselves. After completing this course, nurses will be able to recognize, report, and intervene in the occurrence of SUD while supporting a culture of safety and support. 

Learning Outcomes 
After completing this course, the learner will be able to: 

  • Identify Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) criteria for substance use disorder.
  • Identify the current state of the problem of substance abuse.
  • Differentiate between myths and truths as they relate to substance use disorder among nurses.
  • Describe the impact of substance addiction.
  • Identify signs and behaviors of substance use disorder among nurses in the workplace. 
  • Discuss employer/leadership initiatives to ensure a safe patient environment as it relates to substance use disorder among nurses.
  • Describe important aspects of making a report or a referral for the nurse who is dealing with substance use disorder. 
  • Describe employer/leadership initiatives to provide assistance for the nurse who has a substance use disorder. 
  • Explain treatment interventions for the nurse who is dealing with a substance use disorder. 
  • Describe how an intent to change practice should be implemented to help nurses recognize and intervene when colleagues struggle with substance use disorder.

About the Author
Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN
, is an accomplished nursing professional development specialist and health care author. She earned her doctoral degree in adult education and her MS in nursing from Penn State University and a BSN from Bloomsburg University. Dr. Avillion has held a variety of nursing positions as a staff nurse in critical care and physical medicine and rehabilitation settings with an emphasis on neurological and mental health nursing, as well as a number of leadership roles in nursing professional development. She has published extensively and is a frequent presenter at conferences and conventions devoted to the specialty of continuing education and nursing professional development. Dr. Avillion owns and is the CEO of Strategic Nursing Professional Development, a business that specializes in continuing education for healthcare professionals and consulting services in nursing professional development. Her publications include the following: The Path to Stress-Free Nursing Professional Development: 50 No-Nonsense Solutions to Everyday Challenges and Nursing Professional Development: A Practical Guide for Evidence-Based Education.

How to Receive Credit 

  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 3-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 Outcomes 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
Planners, faculty, and others in control of content (either individually or as a group) have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies. 

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement 
It is the policy of Colibri Healthcare, LLC not to accept support from ineligible companies. Furthermore, ineligible companies 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.