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The prevalence of illicit substance use among registered nurses, though not widely studied or addressed, is understood to be an essential issue facing healthcare professionals. An impaired nurse is defined as someone who has impaired functioning as a result of substance abuse and it interferes with their professional judgment and ability to deliver safe, high quality care. Registered nurses have access to many high-controlled prescription medications, with little oversight, and the opportunity for substance abuse is significant. In our research, we studied the risk factors, the prevalence, and the preventative measures involved in addressing illicit substance use among nurses.
Olivia Catolico, Ph.D., RN, CNL, BC
Department of Nursing, Dominican University of California
San Rafael, CA
drug use, substance abuse
Marshall, Madison; Regala, Reinelle; Gray, Lucy; Pedlar, Emma; and Naguit, Samantha, "Common Factors Related to Illicit Substance Use Among Nurses in North America" (2017). Student Research Posters. 67.