ANA Position Statement
Substance Use Amoung Nurses and Nursing Students
Joint Statement by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA)
Approved October 2016
It is the position of the Emergency Nurses Association and the International Nurses Society on Addictions that:
- Health care facilities provide education to nurses and other employees regarding alcohol and other drug use, and establish policies, procedures, and practices to promote safe, supportive, drug-free workplaces.
- Health care facilities and schools of nursing adopt alternative-to-discipline (ATD) approaches to treating nurses and nursing students with substance use disorders, with stated goals of retention, rehabilitation, and re-entry into safe, professional practice.
- Drug diversion, in the context of personal use, is viewed primarily as a symptom of a serious and treatable disease, and not exclusively as a crime.
- Nurses and nursing students are aware of the risks associated with substance use, impaired practice, and drug diversion, and have the responsibility and means to report suspected or actual concerns.
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