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The path to recovery for nurse addicts.
, Compassion Fatigue
, Drug Addiction
, Nurse Support
, Perfect Nurse
Addiction: it’s a moral issue, right? Whoever starts abusing a drug is a bad person, making a bad choice, and should be punished. At the very least, they should be able to quit on the spot.
But it’s not that simple. According to Dr. Linda Barile, APRN, and advocate for nurses who are addicts, we need to stop blaming them and instead support them through recovery.
Freedom for those trapped in drug abuse.
Drug addiction? That could never happen to me!
I wish that were the truth. I’m a nurse, and I certainly never thought I was vulnerable.
Not all nurses will develop the disease of addiction. But for many nurses, addiction is real. Substance abuse in the nursing population is believed to parallel or be slightly higher than that in the general population: approximately 10%. And it very often [...]
The fight for more respect.
You’re a nurse. You are educated and work hard but often feel like a second-rate cleaning lady.
You’re not the only one who thinks so. Jerry R. Lucas, RN and owner and publisher of Male Nursing Magazine, believes that it is the responsibility of nurses to make their future better than their past. Lucas is passionately devoted to enticing men and women to the nursing [...]
How to professionally handle the stereotypes.
You’re about to begin your first shift as an RN.
Your gut tells you that the moment you walk through those doors in uniform, people will judge you. Why? Because you’re a man.
In training, you may have been exposed to the modern stereotypes of the male nurse. According to Jerry R. Lucas, RN, and owner and publisher of Male Nurse Magazine (http://www.malenursemagazine.com/), “Either you are a [...]