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Course Description

Course Number 20-650611

     Workplace impairment among health care professionals not only places patients at risk, but also the health care professional themselves along with their co-workers. Early recognition of the signs, symptoms and behaviors associated with impairment is imperative, and by knowing who to report to, what to report, and where to report it, steps can be taken to intervene with the overall goal of maintaining a safe environment for both patients and co-workers as well as being able to help nurses recover. This course satisfies the requirement, under Fla. Stat. 464.013 and 64B9-5.014 F.A.C. for continuing education on recognizing impairment in the workplace.

  • Course Category | Safety

  • Original Activity Release Date | 01/02/2019

  • Date of Most Recent Review | 12/28/2021

  • Next Review / Course Termination Date | 12/27/2024

Educational Goals & Learning Outcomes

     The goal of this course is to empower course participants with a practical knowledge of impairment in the workplace for the purpose of keeping patients, practitioners and their colleagues safe from harm due to impairment of health care professionals. Upon completion participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish signs of impairment in the workplace

  • Recognize employer initiatives to impairment in the workplace

  • Demonstrate the essential steps to make a report or referral

  • Practice mandatory reporting laws

  • Compare treatment programs for impaired practitioners

  • Support impairment treatment

About the Course Author(s)

Darren C. Leach, MSN, APRN, NP-C

    Darren C. Leach is a nurse practitioner and author. He is licensed as an APRN by the State of Florida and Certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. His professional experience ranges across the lifespan from infants to the elderly with positions in adult internal and emergency care, pediatric internal and emergency care, pediatric and neonatal intensive care as well as endocrinology and nephrology. He has also provided education to nurses, patients, and families in a variety of formats and settings. He received his Baccalaureate of Science degree in Nursing from the University of South Florida in 2005, and his Masters of Science degree in Family Health Nursing in 2010. Mr. Leach has authored numerous courses, including many for MedCEC. To view Mr. Leach's full bio click here.

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