Web site spotlight: More nurses seek help for substance abuse

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, July 31, 2009

Peer Assistance Services, a Colorado nonprofit organization that provides guidance, support, and rehabilitation services for healthcare professionals, has seen an increase in nursing clients this year—a majority of whom needed help for alcohol and drug abuse.

But the growing number of nurses seeking treatment for substance abuse doesn't necessarily reflect a growing problem, according to Rebecca Heck, BSN, RN, MPH, program director of the Nursing Peer Health Assistance program at Peer Assistance Services in Denver.

"We are seeing more nurses come forward, but the problem of substance abuse among healthcare professionals mirrors that of the general public," she says. "I don't know if there is an actual increase in the problem or if nurses are becoming more comfortable coming to us for help."

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