Substance Use Disorders among Nurses in Medical-Surgical, Long-Term Care, and Outpatient Services

Substance Use Disorders among Nurses in Medical-Surgical, Long-Term Care, and Outpatient Services

Identification: MSNJ1905
Issue: March-April 2019
Volume: Vol. 28/No. 2
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Substance abuse disorders (SUDs) in the United States have reached epidemic proportions and nurses are not exempt from this exacerbation. Factors related to SUD’s in nurses employed in medical-surgical, long-term care, and outpatient services are examined.

Learning Outcome:
After completing this learning activity, the learner will be able to identify factors associated with increased prevalence of substance abuse disorders in nurses working in the specialty areas of medical-surgical, long-term care and outpatient services.

Learning Engagement Activity:

Reflect on the factors that may deter a nurse from seeking help with a substance abuse disorder.

Contact hours available until 4/30/2021.

Requirements for Successful Completion:

Complete the learning activity in its entirety and complete the online CNE evaluation.

Authors Conflict of Interest Disclosure:
The author(s), editor, editorial board, content reviewers, and education director reported no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this continuing nursing education article.

Commercial Support and Sponsorship:
No commercial support or sponsorship declared.

Accreditation Information:

This educational activity is jointly provided by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN).

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP 5387. Licensees in the state of California must retain this certificate for four years after the CNE activity is completed.

This article was reviewed and formatted for contact hour credit by Michelle Boyd, MSN, RN, AMSN Education Director.


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Substance Use Disorders among Nurses in Medical-Surgical, Long-Term Care, and Outpatient Services

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Robyn Robinson
4/19/19 8:24 pm

The article was interesting. A bit dry. Not sure what the reasoning behind it was other than to share statistics. However I am also not in an atmosphere at this time where I suspect this is happening at my facility. At some point in my career this may be an issue so it is good to have touched on the subject.

Jamie Dale
4/20/19 5:06 pm

Gave me some insight into a few things that have been brought to light recently in my area of work.

Moira Howell
4/23/19 1:05 pm

This is a topic of interest at my place of employment. We have recently received new education on drug diversion which included ways to identify habits of folks that divert medications. I feel the loss of the nursing license would be a major determining factor in the self reporting of SUDs.

Sabrina Delorge
5/8/19 9:08 am

I recently took a day to sit in at my BON and was amazed at the number of nurses whose disciplinary hearings were related to substance use/abuse on the job. It was eye-opening and often sad to hear some of the stories that my colleagues told regarding the stress they endure that led them to come before the board. Fortunately, the vast majority of them were getting help and were on the road to recovery and return to practice. The tools endorsed by the authors can give us the tools we need to help our colleagues that suffer with this debilitating disorder. The tool that I think I will choose to employ is to offer myself as a mentor. Perhaps I can make a difference to someone...

Caroline Wesonga
5/16/19 5:50 am

The article is interesting in the sense that premature brain cortex is part of teen risky behavior in engaging in substance abuse.

Lisa Campbell
7/25/19 1:56 am

We have had 2 drug diversion events by RNs on our department. It is important to understand that it does happen and we as leaders must be prepared to react in a way that promotes getting help.

Ha Le
9/5/19 9:49 am

I learned that nurses are also vulnerable of addicting as well.

Sandra LaPointe
10/7/19 4:11 pm

At the facility where I work, there is a daily report run that shows if an RN pulls a controlled substance from the pyxis, he/she is top administer, waste, or return the medication within 30 minutes. If not, a leader will be speaking with the RN to account for the medication. So, I would think diversion would be difficult, but not use. I think reporting suspicions is very important to protect all our patients.

Kirsten McLaughlin
11/23/19 2:13 pm

A topic that needs to be addressed . None of the listed sources listed high rate of injury in areasof practice that have highest rates of dependency .

Anal Rathod
9/1/20 5:31 pm

Nursing administrators must address substance abuse disorders in clinical settings and provide appropriate resources-rehabilitation programs. Proactive policies also help to reduce stigma attached to such disorders, and hidden behaviors. Thanks for sharing great article.

Miriam Mburu
9/27/20 12:36 pm

It has very important information and i think every nurse should share it with their peers.

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