Impaired Nurse Resource Center Resources

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Nursing Specialty Organizations

A large number of organizations represent a variety of specialty practice areas in nursing, and several have devoted considerable resources to the issue of impaired nurses.

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Peer Assistance Program
The Nurse Anesthetists have taken a leadership role in helping their impaired colleagues into recovery. Their website offers an array of services and resources for the impaired nurse, with a focus on peer assistance.

Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses
A two-part home study program published in the October and November, 2005, issues of AORN Journal (Vol. 82, Nos. 4 & 5), “Substance Abuse Among Nurses,” is a helpful overview. Part I focuses on “Defining the issue,” while Part II covers “Intercession and intervention.”

Emergency Nurses Association
The ENA has taken an official position supporting the concepts of prevention, identification, treatment, rehabilitation and on-going support for emergency nurses with chemical impairment.

Organizations Specializing in Addictions/Recovery

International Nurses Society on Addictions
Founded in 1975 for nurses committed to the prevention, intervention, treatment, and management of addictive disorders including alcohol and other drug dependencies, nicotine dependencies, eating disorders, dual and multiple diagnosis, and process addictions such as gambling.

American Society of Addiction Medicine
An association of physicians dedicated to improving the treatment of alcoholism and other addictions, educating physicians and medical students, promoting research and prevention, and enlightening and informing the medical community and the public about these issues.

National Organization of Alternative Programs
Promotes public safety through offering impaired healthcare professionals monitored rehabilitation and recovery as an alternative to license discipline, emphasizing fitness to practice and retention of competent professionals.

Nurses in Recovery
Participants must be a health care professional and either in recovery or have a desire to be in recovery from drug addiction, alcoholism, gambling, codependency, or any obsessive compulsive addictive process.

Exceptional Nurse
A resource network committed to the inclusion of more people with disabilities in the nursing profession. This Web site has a special resource listing for nurses in recovery.

Hazelden Foundation 
Offers a special Health Care Professionals Inpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Provides leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems.