Compassionate Care of the Patient Who Uses Substances: Implications for the Infusion Nurse : Journal of Infusion Nursing

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Compassionate Care of the Patient Who Uses Substances

Implications for the Infusion Nurse

Knapp, Michelle DNP, NP-P, PMHNP-BC; Gilles, Selena DNP, ANP-BC, CNEcl, CCRN

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Journal of Infusion Nursing 43(2):p 70-77, March/April 2020. | DOI: 10.1097/NAN.0000000000000359

Abstract

Given the high rate of infection secondary to substance use, infusion nurses have a unique opportunity to compassionately engage individuals with substance use problems. Compassion is an essential ingredient of nursing practice, yet compassionate care of the individual who uses substances may seem difficult to navigate. This article provides the infusion nurse with the essential principles of compassionate care of the patient who uses substances. A fundamental understanding of how to work with patients who use substances may enhance the infusion nurse's practice.

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