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Master of Science (MS)
substance use among nurses, substance abuse
This descriptive study examined the characteristics associated with chemically dependent nurses disciplined by the Board of Nursing in an Upper Midwest rural state. The conceptual framework included four major concepts which influence the occurrence of chemical dependency: environment, educational background, nursing employment, and drug history.
The study population consisted of 35 chemically dependent nurses disciplined by the Board of Nursing. Data was collected by retrospective analysis of disciplinary records. The variables reviewed included: sex, age, marital status, community population, nursing education, year of graduation, time elapsed since graduation, state board licensing exam results, employment setting, specialty area, drug of choice, route of administration, method to obtain drugs, and method of diversion. Additional anecdotal data was collected on characteristics related to family history, mental health history, and physical health history.
Variables were examined by descriptive analysis and categorical data modeling or log-linear analysis. Statistically significant interactions were noted for drug of choice-method of diversion and method of diversion physical health history (p <0.05). The findings of the log-linear analysis indicate that other factors not addressed in this study are influencing the occurrence of chemical dependency. Research is needed to explore other factors influencing the occurrence of chemical dependency.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Nurses -- Substance use -- Discipline
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Copyright © 1991 Diana Woude. All rights reserved
Woude, Diana V., "A Study of the Characteristics of Chemically Dependent Nurses of Disciplined by a State Board of Nursing in the Upper Midwest" (1991). Theses and Dissertations. 804.