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Impairment in the Workplace: Education for Florida State Clinicians (2024)

presented by Nancy Allen, BSN, RNC, CMC

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Financial— Nancy Allen receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. She is the owner and senior consultant for Solutions for Care, Inc., and receives royalties Author: Survivor! Ten Practical Steps to Survey Survival, 7th Edition (2019) Nonfinancial— No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 99 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 52 Minutes

Impairment in the workplace can be dangerous to all involved. This includes the impaired clinician, the patient, and their colleagues. This course shows the learner how to recognize impairment, its impact in health care, and how to assist those involved. Definitions will be provided with information about how to identify the signs of impairment in the workplace. Employer initiatives required by law to promote safety and provide assistance will be discussed. In this course, the clinicians will gain understanding of the Florida mandatory reporting law, how to make a report or referral, and treatment programs available for impaired practitioners.

Meet Your Instructor

Nancy Allen, BSN, RNC, CMC

Nancy E. Allen, BSN, RNC, CMC, is the owner and CEO of Solutions for Care, Inc., a consulting company specializing in community-based healthcare and care management. Her experience includes clinical, administrative, and provider roles as well as ten years as a state and accreditation surveyor. She has served as a Corporate Integrity Monitor for the…

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1. Introduction: Impairment in the Workplace

Impairment in the workplace and its impact in health care is defined in this chapter. Lives are at stake when a clinician is impaired. The chapter will review the prevalence and trend of workplace impairment in the United States and Florida.

2. Identifying Signs of Impairment

Learn to recognize the signs of workplace impairment and how to respond when these signs are identified.

3. Employer Mandates

Laws in Florida have created employer mandates to address impairment in the workplace. This chapter provides an understanding of those mandates, as well as the required employer initiatives to promote safety and provide assistance.

4. Mandatory Reporting

All health care workers are tasked with recognizing impairment and understanding the steps necessary to report or make a referral for an impaired clinician. The mandatory reporting requirement will be discussed.

5. Best Response Assistance Strategies, Referrals, and Treatment

This chapter provides information regarding assistance for ourselves or a colleague, including resources and treatment programs. The learner will gain the understanding to respond appropriately, implement strategies for assistance, and make referrals (when necessary) to resources and treatment programs.

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