Nursing: Florida Mandatory Reporting: Recognizing Nurse Impairment in the Workplace

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About the Course

Health care professionals are at risk for substance use disorders. A nurse with a substance use disorder is a health care risk for safe patient care, as well as a personal health care risk for the nurse. This mandatory Florida course describes the significance of the problem and the signs and symptoms of substance use disorders in nurses. Employer strategies to recognize and address the problem are discussed. 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Describe the current state of the problem of substance use disorders among nurses. 
  • Discuss myths pertaining to substance use disorders among nurses.
  • Identify signs of impairment caused by substance use in the workplace.
  • Discuss employer initiatives to promote safety regarding the issue of substance use disorder in nurses.
  • Identify elements of the mandatory Florida reporting law, Section 464.018.
  • List the essential steps to make a report or referral for the nurse dealing with substance use disorder.
  • Describe employer initiatives to provide assistance for the nurse with a substance use disorder.
  • Identify treatment programs for practitioners whose functioning is impaired because of a substance use disorder in Florida, Section 456.076.
  • Explain steps in the return to work process.

About the Author:
Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, is an accomplished nursing professional development specialist and health care author. She earned her doctoral degree in adult education and her MS in nursing from Penn State University and a BSN from Bloomsburg University. Dr. Avillion has held a variety of nursing positions as a staff nurse in critical care, physical medicine, and rehabilitation settings, with an emphasis on neurological and mental health nursing, in addition to a number of leadership roles in nursing professional development. She has published extensively and is a frequent presenter at conferences and conventions devoted to the specialty of continuing education and nursing professional development. Dr. Avillion owns and is the CEO of Strategic Nursing Professional Development, a business that specializes in continuing education for health care professionals and consulting services in nursing professional development. Her most recent publications include The Path to Stress-Free Nursing Professional Development: 50 No-Nonsense Solutions to Everyday Challenges and Nursing Professional Development: A Practical Guide for Evidence-Based Education.

Disclaimer: This course is presented by Elite Professional Education LLC.

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