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C3. The nurse as the patient: Welcome video message 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 yearsof 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.

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