Originally posted by biscuit_007
most of the nurses i know are stable in all rights. I think she is making an excuse for her weeknesses.
Then I would say you know a pretty good group of nurses.
I do believe most nurses have codependent qualities. We take care of other people for a living. Our livelyhood depends on it. I also believe for a great deal of us, our feelings of self worth and psychological well being are derived from caring for others.
I define codependency as being psychologically influenced by and needing someone that is addicted (sick, wounded, hurt, etc.)
As for the statistics regarding substance abusing health care professionals? Along the lines of what another poster said, I would like to see the stats for other professions before I made a comment on it. Did this speaker offer comparisons? In this time, I would argue that 90% of all people know someone that is chemically dependent, so why not 90% of nurses, electricians, firemen, and bag boys?