Healing the Healers
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In this age of increasing headlines about drug addiction and prescription drug abuse, Addiction in the Lives of Registered Nurses and Their Wake-Up Jolt to Recovery is a timely revelation of how the nursing profession is also impacted by substance abuse. It allows nurses, who are the most trusted profession in society, who have been hidden within their profession and living with substance use disorders, to openly voice their personal experiences with addiction. Seven nurses detail their journey through family dynamics, early use as nursing students and later career nurses as they traveled deeper and deeper into their addiction. They discuss their shame, humiliation, and dejection under the throes of the compelling forces of drugs and alcohol. They also describe how their family, other nurses, the healthcare system, and the society assisted them in perpetuating their deception and denial about their disease. They explain how they lied, stole, and cheated those around them to maintain their addiction.
Each explains in detail the confrontations and the “jolt” and “wake up call” it took for them to awaken, become sober, and truly enter recovery. They are all candid and forthright in order to help others that are impacted by this horrific and complex disease. They each share how recovery is possible when appropriate attitudes and tools are put in place to support nurses suffering from the devastation of addiction. Their stories bring attention to the importance of intervention, treatment, and recovery communities within the nursing profession. Recovery is emphasized as a “gift” by each of these nurses. The nurses and the researchers provide suggestions and recommendations to assist the healthcare community in addressing addiction in nursing. Addiction in the Lives of Registered Nurses and Their Wake-Up Jolt to Recovery reveals how recovery for nurses is a major public health benefit.
Dr. Carol Stanford graduated with her Ed.D. from Drexel University. Her concentration is in higher education and her research focuses on registered nurses and addiction. She holds a Master’s in Public Health from Drexel University. She has been involved with state substance abuse programs related to substance abuse and mental health support and intervention of nurses for over 20 years. She was also the specialist or program manager of California's comprehensive substance abuse and mental health monitoring program for nurses for over 14 years and was involved with disciplining nurses for substance abuse and unprofessional conduct for 8 years prior. She was a part of the Substance Abuse Committee that wrote the Substance Use Disorder in Nursing Manual for National Council State Boards of Nursing and is the author of Doctoral Student Research Brief No. 13, Barriers to Substance Abuse Treatment for Nurses, and the book Addiction in the Lives of Registered Nursing and Their Wake-Up Jolt to Recovery. She has instructed nurse educators and administrators throughout her career about substance use disorders and mental illnesses in registered nurses. She is an adjunct professor and nurse consultant at William Jessup University and Volunteer Public Health Clinician at the University of California, Davis. She has been a panelist and speaker in many forums and conferences related to public health, addiction, and nursing.
2018, 2019, and 2020 Presentations at UC Davis Nursing Conference and Sacramento City College Nursing Program
2018 and 2019 Co-Presenter – Education Conference at William Jessup University, School of Education
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