Impairment in the Workplace for Nurses

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Course Description

The purpose of this course is to teach nurses to recognize and respond appropriately to the signs and behaviors that may be associated with a disability in the workplace. Includes information on treatment programs, ethics, Nursing Compact laws and reporting suspected impairment.

Intended Audience

Nurses seeking training in workplace impairment

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, healthcare professionals will be able to: 

  • Identify risk factors and signs of impairment
  • Analyze barriers to early identification of impaired nurses
  • Describe behaviors that may indicate diversion of controlled substances
  • Explain regulatory mandates that govern discipline and treatment of impaired nurses
  • Recall essential steps to report or refer a nurse who may be impaired
  • Outline existing services available to nurses with substance use disorders
  • Summarize employer initiatives aimed at prevention and early identification of impairment in the workplace
Credit/Contact Hours
  • Amy Adkins-Dwivedi, MS, APRN
Development Team
  • J. Kendall Perkinson
  • Margaret Chinn, MEd, MSW
  • Trisha Moreno
Release Date
February 1, 2023
Expiration Date
February 1, 2026
Instructional Methods
  • Assessment Review
  • Case Studies
  • Slides Presentation
  • Ungraded Self Assessment-Lesson Recall
  • Video Clips
  • Autograded and Quiz Retakes Allowed
  • Daily CE Broker Reporting for Registered Boards
  • Graded Lesson Mini Quizzes
  • Passing 80%+
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