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Nurses Recovering From Substance Use Disorders: A Review of Policies and Position Statements

Monroe, Todd PhD, RN-BC; Vandoren, Michael MSN, RN; Smith, Linda MN, ARNP, CAP, CEAP; Cole, Joanne RN; Kenaga, Heidi PhD

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: October 2011 - Volume 41 - Issue 10 - p 415-421
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e31822edd5f

The authors review policy initiatives and professional organization position statements that hospital and nursing administrators should be familiar with to respond effectively to public and policy-maker concerns about substance use in healthcare settings. Detecting and addressing substance use disorders proactively and systematically are essential for 2 reasons: to protect patient safety and to enable healthcare professionals to recognize problems early and intervene swiftly. The authors identify key points and gaps in existing policy statements.

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Author Affiliations: Research Associate/Postdoctoral Fellow (Dr Monroe), School of Nursing, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee; Program Director (Mr Vandoren), Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses, Austin; Executive Director (Ms Smith), Florida Intervention Project for Nurses, Jacksonville Beach; Director (Ms Cole), New Jersey Recovery and Monitoring Program, Trenton; and Lecturer (Dr Kenaga) Department of English, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Monroe, School of Nursing, Vanderbilt University, 461 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37240 (

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