Date: November 5, 2018 Time: 1:00pm CST
Title: Model Program for Impaired Nurses Working with Vulnerable Patients
Presenter: Deborah Morris, RN, MSN (DNP candidate)
The Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders is accredited by the Ohio Nurses Association to provide continuing education for nurses. The Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 CE.
The adverse consequences of impaired nurses and other licensed healthcare professionals create a significant risk of harm to patients. When nurses have substance use disorder, divert drugs and practice while impaired, patients are placed in even greater danger. Nurses with drug and alcohol dependence face unique challenges with speaking up and admitting that they have a problem. Formal treatment programs are needed to provide the support and guidance to assist nurses with substance use and addiction. Quality improvement and safety initiatives highlight the need for robust monitoring and tracking systems to prevent drug diversion and harm to patients. Healthcare facilities should have non-punitive programs in place to encourage nurses who are struggling with addiction to come forward and seek help without fear of reprisal.
1. Audience will be able to define the term impaired nurse or impaired staff as a provider who is under the influence of a controlled substance or one who is diverting a patient's controlled substance for their own use.
2. The audience will be able to distinguish impaired nursing practice as the inability to perform essential functions of his or her practice with reasonable skill or safety because of chemical dependency.
3. Audience will be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of an impaired healthcare professional.
4. The audience will be able to identify the most commonly abused drugs in the healthcare setting.