Recognizing Impairment in the Workplace Nursing CE Course

This nursing activity aims to outline the challenging yet crucial issue of identifying and responding to interactions with potentially impaired coworkers in the workplace. The evidence regarding the indicators, diagnosis, reporting responsibilities, investigation, treatment, and return-to-work process for impaired healthcare workers is discussed to promote education and decrease the stigma associated with this critical issue.

Learning Objectives

After this activity, the nurse should be prepared to:

  • recognize the statistics regarding substance use disorder (SUD) in the United States and among healthcare providers specifically
  • discuss the identified risk factors and effective methods for preventing SUD
  • highlight the indicators of SUD and drug diversion that a healthcare provider should be watchful for in the workplace
  • clarify the professional, ethical, and personal responsibilities of a nurse with concerns regarding the potential impairment of a coworker
  • briefly review the investigation and intervention steps that should occur when SUD is suspected in a healthcare provider
  • describe the diagnostic criteria and the treatment options available to healthcare providers diagnosed with SUD, including alternative-to-discipline programs (ATDs or ADPs), residential programs, and outpatient programs
  • discuss the return-to-work procedures for healthcare providers diagnosed with SUD

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 ANCC
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Lisa Roan

Megan Roberts, FNP is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Our ANCC provider number is P0600.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 ANCC


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