Nursing Substance Abuse

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Substance abuse is a debilitating disease that affects the population as a whole. The nursing community is no exception. According to Epstein et al (2010), “registered nurses have a 50% higher rate of substance abuse than the general public” and those that work in management or end of life care are twice as likely to binge drink (p. 513). Therefore, it is imperative that the nursing community understands the implications of substance abuse for the sake of both nurses and the patients under their care. For this research, the main focus will be identifying factors specific to nurses that make them more likely to succumb to substance abuse. Understanding these factors will help formulate a plan of action aimed at prevention, which is far more preferable than rehabilitation and disciplinary…show more content…
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• This article discusses the emotional aspects of a nurses and addiction
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• This article focuses on rehabilitation and support rather than immediate and harsh discipline.
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