Recognizing Impairment in the Workplace for Florida

Recognizing Impairment in the Workplace for Florida 

Professional impairment is a significant risk factor for individuals receiving nursing care. A nurse’s inability to provide services in a manner consistent with generally accepted nursing standards, for whatever reason, increases the likelihood of adverse outcomes and is generally considered unethical. This course is designed to assist you in identifying various signs of impairment in the workplace. It will also support the development of your capacity to identify self-impairment. The course will review various steps that can and should be taken if impairment is identified. As a result of completing this course, you will also be able to identify various aspects of organizational policy that can be implemented in order to reduce the likelihood that impairment will occur in the workplace as well as increasing the likelihood that it is addressed in a manner that is consistent with best practices and applicable law. Throughout the course, you will be guided through interactive learning exercises and activities that are meant to reinforce the material that you are reviewing and enhance the learning experience. This course is intended for nurses of all levels working in various healthcare settings.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Florida Board of Nursing


Florida Board of Nursing CE Provider #: 50-290

Nurses will receive 2.00 contact hours for participating in this course.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ALL-0-RIWF
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2020
Learning Objectives:
Verbalize the definition of impairment.
Recognize 3 signs of impairment in self and others.
Identify 3 risk factors for impairment.
Discuss 3 steps that you should take once impairment has been identified.
Identify 2 aspects of the Impaired Nurses Project.
Discuss 3 organizational best practices with regard to the prevention of impairment in the workplace.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Introduction to Professional Impairment A. Meet Evelyn B. What Is Impairment? C. Examples of Impairment in the Workplace D. The Scope of the Problem E. Review F. Summary Section 3: Behaviors Associated with Professional Impairment A. Remaining Vigilant B. Personal Behaviors C. Workplace Signs and Behaviors D. Review E. Medical and Physical Signs F. Social Signs G. Professional Problems H. Important Note I. Review J. Summary Section 4: Risk Factors and Negative Consequences A. Risk Factors for Impairment B. Substance-Related Impairment C. Mental Health Related Impairment D. Protective Factors: Physical and Emotional E. Protective Factors: Social/Spiritual and Workplace F. Negative Consequences: Patient G. Negative Consequences: Colleagues H. Negative Consequences: Healthcare Organization I. Negative Consequences: Self J. Review K. Summary Section 5: Discussing Impairment A. Addressing Professional Impairment B. Addressing Nursing Impairment C. The Ethical Case for Addressing Impairment D. How to Address Impairment E. Addressing Impairment F. Workplace Intervention: What to Do G. Workplace Intervention: What Not to Do H. Workplace Intervention I. Return to Work Issues J. Review K. Section Summary Section 6: Mandatory Reporting Law A. Florida’s Mandatory Reporting Law B. Essential Steps to Making a Report C. When to Report D. How to Report Impairment E. What Happens Next F. Frequently Asked Questions G. Review H. Summary Section 7: The Intervention Project for Nurses A. The Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN) B. Objectives of the Intervention Project for Nurses C. Impact of the Intervention Project for Nurses D. Initial Paperwork for Accessing Intervention Project for Nurses Services E. Evaluation of the Impaired Provider F. Levels of Substance Use Disorder Treatment G. Determining Level of Care H. Fitness to Practice I. Monitoring Agreement J. Case Management Services K. Toxicology Screening L. Nurse Support Groups M. Review N. IPN Progress Evaluation O. IPN Work Performance Evaluation P. Return to Practice Q. Review R. Summary Section 8: Employer Initiatives to Prevent Impairment A. Employer Initiatives to Prevent Impairment B. Policies and Procedures C. Policies and Procedures: Substance Use and Drug Diversion D. Policies and Procedures: Drug Diversion Prevention E. Policies and Procedures: Drug Testing F. Policies and Procedures: Professional Wellness G. Review H. Employee Assistance Programs I. Employee Assistance Programs: Employee Support J. Employee Assistance Programs: Organizational Risk and Employee Wellness K. Employee Assistance Programs: Business Value L. Review M. Summary Section 9: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations!

Instructor: Jeremy King, LCSW, CASAC
Jeremy King has over ten years of experience providing management and training to professionals in the field of behavioral health. Mr. King is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor in the state of New York. He also holds a BS in Economics from Fordham University and is a Certified Training Provider for the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. For the past ten years, Mr. King has provided training and technical assistance to human service organizations in the following areas: Substance Use Disorders; Trauma Informed Services; Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Cultural Competence; Group Facilitation Skills; CCAR Recovery Coach Academy; Motivational Interviewing; Tobacco Dependence; Confidentiality; Working through Resistance; Screening and Assessment for Mental Health Disorders; Theories of Human Development; and The Client/Counselor Relationship. Disclosure: Jeremy King, LCSW, CASAC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Faith Williams, RN, BS in HCA
Faith is a registered nurse and earned a BS in Health Care Administration at St. Leo College in St. Leo, Florida. She has an extensive background in home health education, nursing and healthcare administration. Subsequent to the years in home health, she has worked for companies who provide on-line education to healthcare providers and workers in the acute and subacute markets. She has authored various education programs and procedure manuals, as well as presented to and educated both clinical staff and the general public. Disclosure: Faith Williams, RN, BS in HCA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Nurses; in the following settings: All Healthcare Settings.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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