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Nurse Manager Guidelines for Substance Use Disorder

Online, self-paced CE course

Prevent, Detect and Intervene

Cost: Free! Find out why

CE Credit: 3.0 Contact Hours

Suggested Prerequisite: Understanding Substance Use Disorder in Nursing

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Audience:This self-paced course builds on the information in Understanding Substance Use Disorder in Nursing with a focus on the roles and responsibilities of the nurse manager.

Be ready to take the lead effectively and compassionately

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Overseeing a nurse who exhibits symptoms of substance use disorder (SUD) is one of the most complex dilemmas a nurse manager can face. This self-paced course will prepare you to proactively take the lead in prevention, detection and intervention. Through in-depth instruction, you can find answers to these questions:

  • How can I help reduce and manage workplace stress?
  • How can I create a stigma-free environment that encourages early reporting?
  • What can I do to prevent or detect diversion?
  • In what circumstances am I required to report to my state’s BON?
  •  How can I help a nurse recovering from SUD safely return to practice?

You will receive unlimited, 24-hour access to the course materials, earning 3.0 contact hours.

Sign up today and learn how to help tackle one of the most serious problems facing the profession of nursing today!

Gain knowledge that will empower your nursing staff

This course builds on the Understanding Substance Use Disorder in Nursing course, which provides a solid foundation for understanding SUD, addiction and the addicted brain. In this course specifically for nurse managers, you will learn to facilitate active communication and education that helps nurses talk about SUD. Gain specialized leadership skills based on the latest research as you master these course objectives:

  • Describe strategies to manage workplace stressors.
  • Explain the course of action taken when a nurse is suspected of diverting drugs.
  • Explain the nurse manager’s involvement in an intervention.
  • Explain the nurse manager’s responsibilities when a recovering nurse returns to work.

Learn through a convenient online classroom

Make the most of the e-learning experience as you:

  1. Build on your existing knowledge — This course starts where Understanding Substance Use Disorder in Nursing leaves off, focusing on information you need to know as a nurse manager.

  2. Solidify your knowledge — Explore “Links to Knowledge,” visual and graphic aids and key terms as you navigate through the course content.

  3. Reflect on what you learn — Assess your understanding of key concepts by answering quiz questions and completing short-answer and essay questions in the downloadable workbook. Note: Completion of the workbook may be necessary to meet board of nursing requirements.

  4. Complete the course at your own pace — Guide yourself through the course and complete assignments at your convenience.

At the end of the course, evaluate your understanding of the learning objectives by completing the posttest. Score 75% or above to receive your contact hours!

Under your leadership, with specialized treatment, aftercare activities and careful monitoring, nurses in recovery can re-enter the workplace safely. Sign up now.

Note: NCSBN recommends Understanding Substance Use Disorder in Nursing as a prerequisite for Nurse Manager Guidelines for Substance Use Disorder.



This course was developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN):


  • Susan H. Richmond, MSN, RN, NCSBN
  • Kathleen Russell, JD, MN, RN, NCSBN

With contributions by:

  • Nancy Darbro, PhD, RN, CNS
  • Valerie Smith, MS, RN, FRE
  • Anjeanette Lindle, JD