This course equips healthcare professionals (LPNs, RNs, ARNPs, Therapists, CNAs, HHAs, and others) to understand substance abuse impacts on impaired nurses and practitioners. It covers identifying signs of impairment in the workplace, reviewing commonly abused legal drugs, understanding mandatory reporting laws, and procedures for reporting/referring an impaired nurse. The course discusses treatment programs, employer initiatives for assistance and safety, adverse health outcomes, and both short and long-term health risks. It also describes the Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN) program for impaired practitioners and reviews the stances, requirements, and recommendations of the Florida, Georgia, and District of Columbia nursing Boards. OBJECTIVES After completion of this course the readers will be able to: 1. Identify signs of impairment in the workplace 2. Discuss the three most commonly misused or abused types of legal drugs. 3. Discuss mandatory reporting law 4. Describe the steps to take regarding reporting / referral of an impaired nurse 5. Discuss treatment programs for impaired practitioners 6. Discuss employer initiatives to provide assistance 7. Discuss employer initiatives to promote safety 8. Discuss some of the adverse health outcomes 9. Describe the Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN)
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