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Overview . For this discussion, you will explore legal issues in professional nu

Overview
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For this discussion, you will explore legal issues in professional nu

Overview
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For this discussion, you will explore legal issues in professional nursing practice and discuss the legal implications of identifying and reporting substance abuse disorder (SUD) in nursing.
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1. Read/Watch the materials provided in Instructional Material on Substance Use Disorder in Nursing
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2. In your discussion board post, respond to the following:
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Describe one (1) change in job performance that may indicate someone is misusing substances.
Describe three (3) behavior changes or physical signs assocated with misusing substances.
Describe two (2) behaviors that may cause you to suspect that controlled medications are being diverted?
What should you do if you suspect another nurse is diverting drugs or abusing substances?
Does your facility have a policy on substance use disorder? If so, what steps are in place for reporting suspected SUD?
Be sure to include your personal experience.
Due Dates:
Initial Post: Friday of week 2 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
References:
Initial Post: Minimum of two (2) total references: one (1) from required course materials and one (1) from peer-reviewed references.
Words Limits:
Initial Post: Minimum 200 words excluding references (approximately one (1) page)
Required reading:
Books:
Zerwekh, J., & Garneau, A. (2023). Nursing today (11th ed.). Elsevier. – Required: Chapter 20: Legal Issues  *Recommended: Chapter 17: Political Action in Nursing

Booklet/Brochure:
**All of these readings contain content that may be tested on the Module Quiz.
National Council of State Boards of Nursing. (2018). A nurse’s guide to substance use disorder in nursing.
https://www.ncsbn.org/public-files/SUD_Brochure_2014.pdf
National Council of State Boards of Nursing. (2018). A nurse’s guide to the use of social media. https://www.ncsbn.org/public-files/NCSBN_SocialMedia.pdf
National Council of State Boards of Nursing. (2018). NCSBN welcomes you to the nursing profession. https://www.ncsbn.org/public-files/New_Nurse-Booklet-Web.pdf
Journal Articles:
Russell, K. A. (2017). Nurse practice acts guide and govern: Update 2017. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 8(3), 18-25. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2155-8256(17)30156-4

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