Compassionate Care of the Patient Who Uses Substances: Implications for the Infusion Nurse

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Abstract

Given the high rate of infection secondary to substance use, infusion nurses have a unique opportunity to compassionately engage individuals with substance use problems. Compassion is an essential ingredient of nursing practice, yet compassionate care of the individual who uses substances may seem difficult to navigate. This article provides the infusion nurse with the essential principles of compassionate care of the patient who uses substances. A fundamental understanding of how to work with patients who use substances may enhance the infusion nurse's practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-77
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Infusion Nursing
Volume43
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020

Keywords

  • addiction
  • compassion
  • ethical
  • infusion nursing
  • intravenous
  • opioids
  • substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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