Support not punishment is the key to tackling substance abuse and addiction among nurses, study suggests

ScienceDaily (2011-01-26) — As many as 10 to 20% of nurses and nursing students may have substance abuse and addiction problems, but the key to tackling this difficult issue – and protecting public safety – is support and treatment, not punishment, experts say. Researchers have now recommended six key points that could be built into alternative-to-dismissal (ATD) strategies after reviewing the latest research and professional guidance from countries such as the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the UK. … > read full article