Substance Abuse Disorders in Nurses
Article first published online: 2 AUG 2007
Volume 34, Issue 4, pages 19–28, October 1999
How to Cite
Griffith, J. (1999), Substance Abuse Disorders in Nurses. Nursing Forum, 34: 19–28. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6198.1999.tb01167.x
- Issue published online: 2 AUG 2007
- Article first published online: 2 AUG 2007
- Key words: Substance abuse;
- substance abuse detection;
- substance abusers
Substance abuse is a serious concern in the profession of nursing. The American Nurses Association (1997) estimates that 10% to 20% of nurses have substance abuse problems, and that 6% to 8% of registered nurses are impaired due to their abuse of alcohol and other drugs.
Chemical dependency is considered a disease that requires treatment. Early identification and treatment of the chemically dependent nurse is important for the safety of the public and for the well-being of the nurse and her profession. This article addresses substance abuse from a biopsychosocial perspective, and includes a description of an approach to treatment and suggestions for the role of nursing administration.