Our problematic substance use has the potential to negatively impact our judgement and performance. No nurse or midwife plans to develop a substance use problem, however many of us do.
Research suggests nurses and midwives are more susceptible to experiencing a substance related health impairment due to our work and that we are generally reluctant help-seekers. This is largely due to our fear of being stigmatised and judged, along with the potential for reputational damage and our fear of losing our registration and employment.
Fortunately nurses, midwives and students have exclusive access to free, confidential and independent support services which addresses this challenge, is designed by nurses and provided by experienced nurse and midwife counsellors.
Glenn Taylor (Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria) and Mark Aitken (Nurse & Midwife Support) will share their knowledge and experience which is based on decades of experience in the profession and in supporting their colleagues throughout Victoria and across Australia in recent years. They will discuss the factors which present greatest risk to our health, how to identify these and how and where to find support to address these important challenges.
DANA has available a range of position statements. The recently revised position statement on ‘Problematic Substance Use by Nurses and Midwives’ will be available at the conclusion of the webinar from the DANA website https://www.danaonline.org/