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Support not punishment is the key to tackling substance abuse and addiction among nurses
Date:1/26/2011

ortable about approaching a colleague or fellow student about suspected chemical dependency.
  • Inviting ATD experts to speak to hospital or school administrators.
  • Participating in scholarly forums about addiction among healthcare providers.

    "We believe that these key points will help to transform perceptions of substance abuse among nurses, so that they are seen as a medical disorder requiring treatment, rather than a moral failing" says Dr Monroe.

    "There is a long history of substance abuse in the medical profession and ignoring the problem may perpetuate fear, anxiety, poor outcomes for the nurses and risks for the people they care for.

    "Providing early intervention and assistance is essential to help nurses and nursing students to recover from an addictive disorder. And providing a confidential, non-punitive atmosphere of support may well be a life-saving step for nurses and those in their care."

    The full paper contains a detailed checklist of the warning signs to look out for, including issues with attendance, performance, use of controlled substances, behaviour and physical signs.


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