Recognizing Impairment in the Workplace (Florida Board of Nursing)

Designed specifically for nurses, this course will provides guidance on how to protect patients and assist colleagues who are struggling with substance use disorder (SUD). Learners will review legal and ethical professional obligations, gain a better understanding of the disorder and learn how to encourage successful recovery outcomes.

A score of 80% or higher is required for course completion.

This course meets the Florida Board of Nursing 2.0 contact hour requirement, meant to be completed after 08-01-17 and every other biennium (every 4 years) thereafter.

Target Audience

Nurse Practitioners and Nurses.

Learning Objectives

  • Clarify substance use disorder and signs of impairment in the healthcare environment.
  • Examine the role of the employer in promoting patient safety and providing assistance.
  • Determine the steps for mandatory reporting when impairment is suspected.
  • Explain the treatment programs available to support impaired practitioners.
  • Describe the successful recovery from substance use disorder and return to practice.
Additional information
  • Alunni-Kinkle, S. (2015). Substance Use Disorder: Intervention Project for Nurses. The Florida nurse, 63(4), 12-12.
  • Kunyk, D. (2015). Substance use disorders among registered nurses: prevalence, risks and perceptions in a disciplinary jurisdiction. Journal of nursing management, 23(1), 54-64.
  • Alunni-Kinkle, S. (2015). Identifying substance use disorder in nursing. Nursing management, 46(12), 53-54.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 2.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Nursing
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Due to the non-clinical nature of the content discussed, the author has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. This CME activity will not cover content that would involve products or services of commercial interest Therefore, no opportunity exists for a conflict of interest based on the financial relationships of faculty and those persons in control of content. Since these relationships are not relevant, no disclosure information was collected.

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Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.
Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 2.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Nursing
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