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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Evelyn Peterson


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

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Nurses -- Substance use -- Discipline
Substance abuse



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