Recognizing Impairment in the Workplace (Florida Board of Nursing)

Designed specifically for nurses, this course will provide 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 70% 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 four years thereafter.

Target Audience

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), Registered Nurses (RN), and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN).

This course is only approved to meet Florida Board of Nursing requirements.

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 Nurse Practitioners
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Nursing
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Course expires: 

Regina Russell, MBA, MSN, NPD-BC
Clinical Learning Educator 2, Clinical Learning

Due to the non-clinical nature of the content discussed, the content developer has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. This CE activity will not cover content that would involve products or services of commercial interests. Therefore, no opportunity exists for a conflict of interest based on the financial relationship of faculty and those persons in control of content. Since these relationships are not relevant, no disclosure information was collected. 

Disclosure Policy and Disclaimer

This activity has been approved for 2 credits for all Nurses including Nurse Practitioners, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Registered Nurses. Baptist Health South Florida CE Broker Provider #50-182.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Nursing
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