Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the people on the covers?

Answer: The cover models on both books are individuals who are not, and have never been, nurses. They are people who lent their support to this endeavor without any compensation, other than a complimentary copy of the book, along with my sincere thanks.

With all the education and clinical training nurses receive, how can they still become addicted?

Answer: Knowing about a disease does not imbue anyone, including nurses, with resilience from acquiring a disease. In fact, health professionals are often lulled into a false sense of security that knowledge of medications will protect them from unsafe or dangerous use. This phenomenon is called pharmaceutical invincibility and it increases the risk for nurses and other health professionals who have abundant access to and knowledge of medications.

Q: If I suspect a colleague has an issue with drugs or alcohol, won't I be hurting them by reporting them?

Answer: On the contrary, you just might save their life! Reporting objective signs of substance use or abuse is the kindest thing you can do for the nurse, their patients, yourself and your colleagues. If a nurse displays objective signs of an alcohol or other drug problem, their life and the lives of those they care for are at-risk. As the American Nurses' Association Code of Ethics 3.6 on Addressing impaired practice states: 

"The nurse's duty is to take action to protect patients and to ensure that the impaired individual receives assistance. ... The nurse should extend compassion and caring to colleagues throughout the processes of identification, remediation and recovery. Care must also be taken in identifying any impairment in one's own practice and seeking immediate assistance."