When I was in nursing school
there wasn't any education what so ever about the high percentages of chemical dependency in nursing. After working as an RN for over 5 years, I only recently even knew that each state has a nurses assistance program for nurses struggling with addiction. There's just no education at all going on here. Hospitals would rather pretend it doesn't exist than educate their staff about drug diversion and what nurses can do if they need help. I had no
idea how to get help until after I was confronted about diverting, forcing me into self reporting or else face harsher consequences. It's not right. Why is there no education about this when 1 out of ten nurses is said to be struggling with addiction?