Newspaper and Journal Articles On Addiction in Nurses

September, 2012 - Mississippi Nurse Edition 17, "A Story Worth Telling" by Paula Davies Scimeca, RN, MS available at http://epubs.democratprinting.com/article/A+Story+Worth+Telling/1184369/0/article.html

August, September, October, 2012 ANA MAINE Journal, "The Evidence Speaks But Are We Listening? An Urgent Call for Addiction Education" by Paula Davies Scimeca, RN, MS

June 2012 - Longwoods Publishing Corporation Essay "Speaking the Unspeakable: Nurses Abusing Drugs" by Paula Davies Scimeca RN, MS accessible online at http://www.longwoods.com/content/22928

May 7, 2012 - Leader-Post article "Discussing Nurses and Addiction" by Kerry Benjoe.

February, March, April 2012 ANA MAINE Journal, Guest Editorial, "Facing An Echo of Silence and Denial" by Paula Davies Scimeca, RN, MS accessible online at http://nursingald.com/uploads/publication/pdf/73/ME2_12.pdf

November, December 2011, January 2012, ANA MAINE Journal "Nurse As Witness to Pain and Its Relief," by Paula Davies Scimeca, RN, MS accessible online at http://nursingald.com/uploads/publication/pdf/317/ME11_11.pdf

August 29th, 2011 - Staten Island Advance newspaper article "Rossville Resident Wants People to Associate Addiction With Recovery" by Andrea Boyarsky. http://www.silive.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2011/08/
rossville_resident_wants_people_to_associate_addiction_with_recovery.html

August, September, October 2011, ANA MAINE Journal "Looking Beyond Telltale Signs of an Alcohol or Drug Problem" by Paula Davies Scimeca, RN, MS accessible online at http://nursingald.com/uploads/publication/pdf/316/ME8_11.pdf

May, June, July 2011, ANA MAINE Journal, "Stigma: An Up-Close an Personal Look," by Paula Davies Scimeca, RN, MS accessible online at http://nursingald.com/uploads/publication/pdf/315/ME5_11.pdf

February, March, April 2011, ANA MAINE Journal, "Preventing Substance Use Disorders in Nurses," by Paula Davies Scimeca, RN, MS accessible online at http://nursingald.com/uploads/publication/pdf/314/ME2_11.pdf

August 23, 2010 - Staten Island Advance article "Addiction: An Occupational Hazard in Nursing" by Andrea Boyarsky accessible online at http://www.silive.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2010/08/addiction_an_occupational_hazard_in_nursing.html

August 10, 2010 - Bangor Daily News article "Workshop to Examine Nurses With Substance Abuse Issues," by Meg Haskell.

 

Articles by Paula Davies Scimeca, RN, MS

THE ROAD TO DECREASING SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS AND DRUG DIVERSION IN NURSES
Between 1996 and 2006, there were 217,957 violations reported to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN, unpublished) by 44 of the 60 member boards of nursing in the United States. Of these, 60,010 (27.53%) were coded as alcohol and/or other drug related, with 16,268 specifically categorized as drug diversion by the nurse for their own use. Read full article


WHITE PAPER: UPDATING LANGUAGE TO ENHANCE NURSE NARCOTIC SAFETY
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PRESCRIPTION MISUSE AND OTHER RISK FACTORS FOR SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS AMONG STUDENT NURSES: RESULTS OF A PILOT TEST USING THE SHUNT SELF-SURVEY FOR NURSES
Substance use disorders (SUDs) are chronic, progressive conditions which usually develop over time. Most nurses with SUDs report substance use began before or during nursing school. As nursing students are vulnerable to SUDs involving prescription drugs, it seems plausible that student nurses may be able to make modifications in their behavior and circumstances if they had a tool by which to measure their risk. The aim of this study was to identify acceptability and feasibility of a brief self-survey which identifies at-risk behaviors for SUDs in nurses that could also be used by student nurses. A pilot test of 26 senior baccalaureate nursing students found over 11% reported past misuse of medications and over 7% reported a negative consequence due to alcohol, drug or medication use. Further studies are needed to construct validity, reliability and to test internal consistency of this tool, but given the minimal investment of time, low cost of administration, and the potential benefits of early detection of risk associated with SUDs in nursing students, knowledge as well as incentive to conduct ongoing self-appraisals by all students nurses seems warranted. Read full article


SHUNT SELF-SURVEY FOR NURSES: PILOT TEST STUDY RESULTS OF NURSES BETWEEN 44-58 YEARS OF AGE AND LICENSED OVER 15 YEARS
Self-screening tools currently in use to identify substance use disorders (SUDs) do not provide advanced warning indicative of risk for individuals with no prior history, nor do they provide a measure by which to gauge the quality of recovery from such disorders. As nurses with SUDs pose a threat to themselves and patients in their care, a self-survey specifically designed to identify early indicators of risk for SUDs in nurses was developed. The purpose of this study was to compare the score of nurses in recovery from SUDs to the score of nurses who reported no issue with substance use, and to compare the current score of nurses in recovery to their score on the same items based on their recall of circumstances in the three months prior to sobriety. This pilot test demonstrated similar current scores for all nurses sampled while great disparities existed in the current score of nurses in recovery versus their score on the same items based on recall of their circumstances in three months prior to sobriety. Further studies are needed to construct validity, reliability and to test internal consistency but given the potential benefits, self-survey by all nurses, particularly those with a genetic predisposition or past history of substance abuse, seems warranted. Read full article

 

Invited Blogs

March 18th, 2016 blog co-written by Bill White and Paula Davies Scimeca, "Rethinking the Characterization of Addiction as a "Relapsing Condition" accessible online at http://www.williamwhitepapers.com/blog/2016/03/rethinking-the-characterization-of-addiction-as-a-relapsing-condition-bill-white-and-paula-davies-scimeca.html

November 3rd, 2011 "What Does Thanksgiving Have To Do With Recovery?" at http://www.soberinfo.com/what_does_thanksgiving_have_to_do_with_sobriety/

October 19th, 2011 "Offering Hope Regarding Addiction Recovery" with accompanying video available at http://www.soberinfo.com/offering_hope_reguarding_recovery_from_addiction_video/. Video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqRy0TqPg4o

September 16th, 2011 guest blog by Paula Davies Scimeca on SoberInfo.com titled "So THIS Is What Recovery Looks Like" at http://www.soberinfo.com/so_this_is_what_recovery_looks_like/

July 6th, 2011 guest blog by Paula Davies Scimeca on SoberInfo.com titled, "Enhanced Recovery Outcomes & Monitoring Programs" at http://www.soberinfo.com/enhanced_recovery_outcomes_monitoring_programs/

 

Articles About Paula Davies Scimeca

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