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Nursing. 2013 Mar;43(3):21-4. doi: 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000427092.87990.86.

Can nurses trust nurses in recovery reentering the workplace?

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  • 1William W. Backus Hospital, Norwich, CT, USA.



To examine the ability of working direct care nurses to trust nurses in recovery from substance use (or abuse) disorders (SUDs) reentering the workplace.


A researcher-designed quantitative survey was used to gather data.


Nurses said that they've worked with a nurse with SUD at some time in their career. Nurses are willing to trust their recovering colleagues and strongly agree that nurses in recovery should be allowed to return to the healthcare profession. Many nurses don't know how to provide help or where to locate support such as assistance programs or alternative-to-discipline programs for their impaired colleagues.


This study adds to the body of knowledge in the crucial issue of addiction in nursing. Healthcare institutions struggle with best practices in assisting nurses in recovery. By examining underlying issues such as trust, a better understanding of how to implement educational programs may emerge.

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