Identification and Assistance for Chemically Dependent Nurses Working in Long-Term Care~~: Gaining a better understanding of the disease and educating all levels of staff is an appropriate and effective way to intervene with the chemically dependent nurse.


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Abstract

The purpose of this manuscript is to examine impaired nurses' practice, to identify causes, signs, and symptoms of problems, and to identify interventions for chemically dependent nurses employed in long-term care. The longterm care nurse manager has a moral, ethical, and legal responsibility to assist the chemically dependent nurse and to protect the resident and the facility. Education of nurse managers is essential to provide for intervention and treatment for the chemically dependent nurse. Assisting the nurse to accept treatment and return to practice benefits the individual, the facility, and the profession. This manuscript describes step-by-step interventions for identification, treatment, and return to work for chemically dependent nurses.

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