Most chemical dependency is generally defined as a chronic, progressive, and sometimes fatal disease with stages and a predictable course. How is chemical dependency best described in nursing? Impairment by nurses is generally characterized by the inability to perform their professional duties and responsibilities in a reasonable manner, consistent with standards acceptable for nurses. Unfortunately, impaired practice is not a new concern to the nursing profession. Since the early 1980s, it has been recognized as a common and serious problem in the industry. The American Nurses Association estimates that between six to eight percent of nurses are affected by substance abuse or dependence to the extent that job performance is impaired. This rate is consistent with that of the public.
Florida’s Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN) ensures public health and safety by providing an swift intervention/close monitoring and advocacy of nurses whose abilities may be impaired due to the use, misuse, or abuse of alcohol or drugs, or a mental and/or physical condition.
Attorney Lars Soreide, of Soreide Law Group, PLLC, will represent you in front of the Florida Board of Nursing regarding your nursing licensing issues. For a free consultation with an attorney, please call: (888)760-6552 or visit our website at: ww.floridaprofessionallicense.com.