1. Introduction: Nursing Roles and Challenges

  1. Professor G. Hussein Rassool PhD, MSc, BA, FRSPH, ILTM Cert. Ed., Cert. Couns., Cert. Director Visiting Professor Formerly Senior Lecturer1,2,3

Published Online: 4 SEP 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444327816.ch1

Addiction for Nurses

Addiction for Nurses

How to Cite

Rassool, G. H. (2010) Introduction: Nursing Roles and Challenges, in Addiction for Nurses, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444327816.ch1

Author Information

  1. 1

    Departamento de Psiquiatria e Ciências Humanas da Escola de Enfermagem de Ribeirão Preto da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

  2. 2

    Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

  3. 3

    Department of Addictive Behaviour and Psychological Medicine, Centre for Addiction Studies, St George's University of London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2010
  2. Published Print: 15 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187466

Online ISBN: 9781444327816



  • nursing roles and challenges;
  • nurses and other health care professionals - core component of health care systems;
  • role of nurses in hospital and primary health care settings - intervention and management of substance use and misuse;
  • standards of conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives;
  • alcohol and drug misusers - trusting nurses with their health and wellbeing;
  • need for working with substance misusers;
  • nursing roles in relation to substance misuse;
  • addiction problems encountered by hospital-based nurses;
  • key points in reducing drug-related deaths;
  • community-based nurses - problems encountered and their intervention strategies


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Standards of conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives

  • The need to work with substance misusers

  • The role of the nurse

  • Confidentiality

  • Record keeping: case notes and electronic care records

  • References