Substance Abuse Among Nurses
It takes a special kind of person to become a nurse. The profession requires passion, poise, and a profound expertise of what works best for patient treatment and subsequent healing. 12-hour shifts are routine, and they regularly turn into longer than that. Nights. Weekends. Holidays. Around-the-clock care means many of these occasions are forfeited.
If the investment of time weren’t enough, nurses are subjected to grueling work each day. Hospitals are stressful settings, and the prevalence of sickness, death, and tragedy has an effect on anyone’s psyche. Nurses are strong. They are often able to work through it or hide their own feelings. After all, the patient comes first.
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- Easily distracted
- Secretive or suspicious behavior
- Mood changes
- Consistently choosing less-supervised shifts (often during the night)
- Slurred words
- Jerky movements and twitching
- Making strange claims or excuses
- Random bouts of increased productivity