Well-being
  • Addressing substance use disorder and diversion in the healthcare environment

    In the February 1, 2021, American Nurse article titled, Addressing substance use disorder and diversion in the healthcare environment, Peer Assistance Advisors Committee members Linda Stone, DNP, CRNA (chair), and Rodrigo Garcia, MBA, APN-BC, MSN, CRNA along with AANA Health & Wellness and Peer Assistance Program Manager Julie Rice, BA, discuss how comprehensive diversion response programs provide an effective, nonpunitive approach to identify, intervene, and support healthcare workers with substance use disorder.

    Early detection and response are key.

    Takeaways:

    • Substance use disorder (SUD) affects people of all ages, genders, races, and religions regardless of socioeconomic status, professional accomplishments, educational level, or intellectual ability.
    • Undiagnosed and untreated SUD in healthcare professionals poses risks to patient safety and healthcare facilities.
    • Proactively addressing SUD in healthcare environments with awareness and education, early identification, and safe intervention can help deter drug diversion.

    Read Addressing substance use disorder and diversion in the healthcare environment.

    Related AANA resources are available at www.AANA.com/SUDWorkplaceResources.

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