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C3. The nurse as the patient: Welcome video message Working with nurses in residential addiction treatment

C3. The Nurse as the Patient: Working with Nurses in Residential Addiction Treatment

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Learning objectives:

  • Participants will have a greater understanding on how rates of SUD differ in nurses as compared to the general public
  • Participants will be able to identify themes common to nurses, how these themes manifest in active addiction and resolve in recovery
  • Participants will understand how group therapy specific to healthcare professionals supports the recovery of nurses


Nurses develop substance use disorder (SUD) at a rate that
is slightly higher than the US national average. There are
many social, environmental and professional factors that
influence the development of SUD with nurses. Those factors
include role strain, problems in daily living, enabling by peers
and supervisors, attitudes towards drugs and drug use and
other factors. This presentation will examine factors that
reinforce development of SUD in nurses. Common themes
(or professional traits) in nursing practice will be presented
and there will be a discussion about how these themes or
professional traits become distorted in active addiction. This
presentation will also review how these themes or professional
traits can be corrected in the process of moving into recovery.
The important relationship with professional monitoring
programs will also be addressed.


Bari K Platter, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FIAAN,
Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation, A division of UCHealth Colorado, USA

Bari K Platter, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FIAAN is a Psychiatric/
Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist with over thirty years
of experience working in a variety of mental health settings.
Ms. Platter is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) trainer.
Additional areas of expertise include Solution Focused
Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cultural Competency
and Case Management. She is an internationally recognized
speaker/ trainer and is published in the areas of addiction,
cultural competency and mental health nursing. Ms.
Platter has published a curriculum (published by Hazelden
Publications), Integrating Dialectical Behavior Therapy with
the Twelve Steps. She currently holds a position as a Clinical
Associate at the University of Colorado College of Nursing and
is an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at
the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Ms. Platter was
awarded the Florence Nightingale Award for Innovations in
Non-Traditional Practice and is a Fellow of the International
Academy of Addictions Nursing.

Comments (7)


    Bari- As always a great presentation!!

    1. Bari Platter

      Thank you so much!

  2. Dennis Hagarty

    Thank you Barri I think it is important that nurses don’t feel bad when they support another nurse to begin treatment. Many nurse friends in recovery eventually say that getting into recovery was the best thing they ever did,. That means reporting suspicious behavior.

    1. Bari Platter

      Hi Dennis, Thanks for your input. Yes, many nurses feel like we are “protecting” our own when we notice suspicious behavior and don’t say anything. When we do this we put our own licenses on the line as well as our peer’s. We also potentially putting our patients in harm’s way. In my humble opinion, nurses in recovery provide some of the best nursing care! They not only have found a healthy, balanced lifestyle for themselves; they are also role models and can often work more effectively with patients who present with active substance use disorders.

  3. Virginia Coletti

    Great presentation, Goals were very clearly stated and addrssed. Risk factors and Self care were important items that were well covered.

  4. Dana Murphy-Parker

    Thanks so much, Bari. Great presentation with good information!

  5. Rachel Shuster, BSN, RN, CARN, CAAP

    Thank you for your presentation!

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