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NURSES IN RECOVERY….. September 1, 2014

Posted by mariemanthey in Announcements, Nursing Peer Support Network, Professional Practice.
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Substance use is a serious problem in society and even more serious in the nursing profession.
Nursing is the largest single licensed group within health care. Nurses spend the most time of any health professional in close contact with highly addictive drugs. Historically, chemical dependency and alcoholism have long been identified as significant issues for the profession. Addiction continues to be a major problem….and yet, no nurse enters the field expecting to succumb to a hidden trap that will jeopardize his or her own life and/or license and which may in fact cause harm to vulnerable people entrusted to their care.

The sacred, trusting covenant the nursing profession has with the public is ripped apart by the disease of addiction. Statistically, at least one in ten nurses will acquire a Substance-Use Disorder (SUD) within his or her lifetime.

SUD identification often results in an intervention that brings the individual into a place of treatment.

Regardless of how that identification is triggered, two actions ensue:

  •     the regulation of practice to protect patients, and
  •     treatment of the disorder.

Both the regulation by the Board of Nursing and the reality of treatment and recovery are major life consequences that are challenging and life changing. The need for peer support groups is well understood and already established for most other health professional groups, including physicians, pharmacists and dentists, but there is no such support group for nurses in Minnesota.

UNTIL NOW. A new organization is being formed called the Nursing Peer Support Network. Contact me for further information until our website is up. Meanwhile….this is a draft of our eventual goal statement.

To create within the nursing profession a commitment to value every single nurse….especially those on the road to recovery from SUD. This commitment is manifested by ‘return to work strategies’ that permeate every level and type of employment opportunity throughout healthcare. Nurses will become literate about SUD and recovery and be able to help others in places of employment better understand how to reduce the risks of employing in recovery…..even those with felony convictions. Various strategies and educational opportunities will be created to achieve this goal.

We need you help and support. Feel free to contact me via blog directly to my email or call me at 612-827-1611

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1. Heidi O - December 27, 2015

Thanks for your great message, Marie! What struck me is the breadth and depth of your three passions–nursing’s past, present and future at an interpersonal, team, and system level. Your message is a good reminder! Grateful.


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