Substance use disorders (SUDs) can be a costly impairing disease. Health care professionals who are impaired by SUD are dangerous to public safety. Nurses who practice while impaired from SUD put their health and career at risk and endanger the lives of their patients.
Materials and Methods:
All nurses working in 3 major Egyptian hospitals, both governmental and private, from November 2015 to June 2016 were referred to the research team for a full interview, filling up the sociodemographic sheet, Alcohol, Smoking, and Substance Involvement Screening Test, and Mini International Neuropsychiatry Interview (MINI).
Among a sample of 417 nurses studied, 21.6% were having substance abuse. Substance abuse was statistically significantly associated with sex, religion, educational level, marital status, birthplace, specialty, salary income, and type of hospital. There was also a significant association between substance abuse among nurses and psychiatric comorbidities.
Substance abuse is highly prevalent among the nursing staff and needs more attention, management, and treatment plans.