Nurses who divert drugs pose significant threats to patient safety, but also become a liability to healthcare organizations and the nursing department where the diversion occurred. Healthcare and nursing leaders have a responsibility to ensure that security systems are in place to prevent diversion and protect patients if nursing impairment is suspected as a result of drug diversion. Nursing leaders must consider legal, regulatory, ethical, humanistic, and practical considerations in resolving this issue.
Author Affiliation: Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital of San Diego, California.
Correspondence: Hazel Y. Tanga, MSN, RN, CEN, MICN, 3351 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, CA 92161 (email@example.com).