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    Does anyone know how to address this. If you are aware of coworker that is using illegal drugs, are you obligated by the state board of nursing to report that person? If you are, how do you go about reporting?
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    Does anyone know how to address this. If you are aware of coworker that is using illegal drugs, are you obligated by the state board of nursing to report that person? If you are, how do you go about reporting?
    YES! you are required to report it. If you go online to your state board's web site there should be a link or information to the numbers that you can call. In addition, there should be a link to the substance abuse program your state boards offer those with such problems.
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    4. when should a report be made?
    emergent matters involving suspected drug diversion or chemical impairment may be reported immediately to the cando nurse consultant, suanne smith, rn, ms by calling (602) 889-5156. the call should be followed with a written complaint stating the “who, what, where and when” of the events.

    written complaints should be reported as soon you have substantiated or otherwise have reasons to believe that a violation of the nurse practice act has occurred and you have followed the policies within your facility regarding mandatory reporting. if the facility or agency’s administrators refuse or delay reporting, it is appropriate for a staff nurse or nurse manager to take responsibility for reporting to the board.
    http://www.azbn.gov/disciplinefaqs.aspx
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