Substance Abuse in Nursing

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Substance Abuse in Nursing
Erika O.

Substance Abuse in Nursing The purpose of this paper is to discuss the problem of nurses impaired by substance abuse and to explore actions that are being taken to either prevent or correct the problem once it has occurred. My reasons for choosing this topic is that I will soon be entering the nursing field and the likely hood of me working with an impaired or addicted nurse appears to be very likely; the more I know on the subject the better prepared I will be to handle the situation. It has been estimated that roughly 10% of the nursing population has alcohol or drug abuse problems furthermore 6% has an addiction serious enough to interfere with their ability to practice (Talbert, 2009). The American Nurses Association (ANA) estimated that 6%--8% of nurses use alcohol or drugs to the extent that professional judgment is impaired. Impaired nursing is defined as a nurse's inability to perform essential job functions because of chemical dependency on drugs or alcohol or mental illness (Blair, 2002). This is of particular relevance because substance abuse among nurses is an issue that threatens the delivery of quality care and professional standards of nursing, “many nurses are not identified as having a problem until patient safety has been compromised” (Talbert, 2009).

A. Introduction-5 points State the purpose of your paper and your reason for choosing your topic.

B. Definition of Topic-10 points Begin with a definition of the issue, followed by identification of some of the complexities of the issue.

C. Relevancy/Significance to Nursing-20 points Discuss how the issue is relevant to nursing and its impact on the nursing profession. Is it a central concern for the profession at this time?

D. Evolution of issue-15 points…...

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