Nursing: Substance Use Disorder in Nursing: Identification, Reporting, and Support

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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). This course is designed to instruct nurses on how to recognize signs of impairment in colleagues and also how to potentially recognize their own signs of impairment.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of 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 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, D.Ed., RN

Adrianne E. Avillion, D.Ed, RN, is an accomplished nursing professional development specialist and health care author. She earned her doctoral degree in adult education and her MSN 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 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 health care professionals and consulting services in nursing professional development. Her publications include: 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.

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