Web. 8 Dec. 2013. Monroe, Todd, and Heidi Kenaga. "Don't Ask Don't Tell: Substance Abuse And Addiction Among Nurses." Journal Of Clinical Nursing 20.3/4 (2011): 504-509.
This unpublicized problem that is sweeping nurses in America is a problem that should not be ignored as they are the frontline of healthcare. Issue At Hand The many responsibilities burdened on nurses have a detrimental effect on them as it leads to long, tiresome shifts. The physical and emotional exhaustion that the nurses are put through on a daily basis can be traumatizing to them. Just like veterans that experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), nurses can develop PTSD as well. In many instances, this creates an incentive for nurses to find a way to rid of memories or stresses.
Don’t ask don’t tell: Substance abuse and addiction among nurses. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 20(3-4), page 504-509. DOI 10.1111/j1365-2702.2010.03518.x • This article focuses on rehabilitation and support rather than immediate and harsh discipline. Rosenwater, A. (2010).
This growing epidemic needs to stop for a number of reasons. The number one priority is the patient’s safety. Some other reasons would be the safety of the nurse, the costs that tie into this, and the wasted time trying to figure out what is missing. There are numerous reasons as to why nurses fall victim to substance abuse and addiction. Some reasons are working stress, easy access to medications, and being workaholic.
Perspectives In Psychiatric Care, 48(1), 41-46. doi:10.1111/j.1744-6163.2010.00300.x Monroe, T., & Kenaga, H. (2011). Don't ask don't tell: substance abuse and addiction among nurses. Journal Of Clinical Nursing, 20(3/4), 504-509. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2702.2010.03518.x Monroe, T., Pearson, F., & Kenaga, H. (2008). Procedures for handling cases of substance abuse among nurses: a comparison of disciplinary and alternative programs. Journal Of Addictions Nursing, 19(3), 156-161.
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Factors that are contributing to substance abuse among nurses need to be further explored to combat the issue and provide better quality care for patients. Analysis There are several contributing factors to substance abuse among nurses such as family, and stress. Nurses who have family members with emotional problems and inability to cope, alcoholism, and drug use, have been linked to a higher risk of substance abuse (Talbert, 2009). Coming from a family that relies on substances tempts the nurse to be chemically dependent when experiencing high job demands. "Stress in the workpl... ... middle of paper ... ...clusion Substance abuse in the field of nursing has become a serious problem.
ISNA Bulletin, 35(3), 8-12. Kunyk, D., & Austin, W. (2012). Nursing under the influence: A relational ethics perspective. Nursing Ethics, 19(3), 380-389. doi:10.1177/0969733011406767 Monroe, T., & Kenaga, H. (2011). Don't ask don't tell: substance abuse and addiction among nurses.
Protecting patients from unsafe practices and personnel is the primary responsibility of each supervisory board of nursing. However, the fear of punishment from the board or termination keeps many nurses unwilling to come forward (Maher-Brisen 2007). The purpose of this paper is to discuss the viability of mandating random drug testing for nurses and other health professionals. The objective of this would be to address the rooted issues of substance abuse and decrease the risk of harm to patients under the healthcare provider’s care. Argument for Drug Testing A nurse is required to exercise appropriate clinical judgment and respond safely and quickly in order to effectively care for a patient.
“The American Nurses Association (ANA) says approximately ten percent of nurses are dependent on drugs, making the incidence of drug abuse and addiction among nurses consistent with that of the U.S. population” (Copp, M.,A.,B., 2009, p.1). “Although nurses aren't at a higher increase risk than the public sector, their overall pattern o... ... middle of paper ... .../j.1365-2702.2010.03518.x Monroe, T., Pearson, F., & Kenaga, H. (2008). Procedures for handling cases of substance abuse among nurses: a comparison of disciplinary and alternative programs. Journal Of Addictions Nursing, 19(3), 156-161. New York State National Nurse Assoicition.