Reminder: Resources Available for Care Providers
The LiveWell Program, the NC Health Professionals Program, and the NC Nursing Council are ready to help.
Provider impairment is a serious issue that is easy to overlook when living in the fast-paced and highly stressful world of health care. Studies have estimated that 10% to 15% of health care providers will abuse substances during their careers and that overall the rate of abuse of benzodiazepines and opiates is higher.
The mental and physical health of our health care providers is paramount to providing exceptional care to our patients.
It is imperative that we are aware of how stress and/or other outside influences affect our lives. To ensure our patients receive the care they deserve, please take a few minutes to review the information below and pause to determine if you have noticed any of the following warning signs in yourself or others , especially :
- Changes in attitude/behaviour, including sudden mood swings, withdrawal from friends or family, or becoming suspicious, anxious or depressed;
- Physical changes, including loss of appetite, insomnia, euphoria, or causeless drowsiness;
- Changes in performance, including missed appointments, sloppy records, frequent no-shows, or missing medications (including frequent wastage of medications).
If you have identified any of the above, please review this policy and explore the resources below for assistance:
Please see the LiveWell program, our wellness and resilience guides, and the path to emotional wellbeing:
NC HEALTH PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM (NCPHP) RESOURCES
The NC Provider Health Program (NCPHP) includes confidential self-questionnaires, a self-help reading list, and many other disability resources:
NC BOARD OF NURSING RESOURCES
The NC Board of Nursing contains a National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (NCADA) self-test and information for voluntarily enrolling in a drug watch program: