Thursday, February 25, 2016
Nurse Suspected Of Being Under The Influence At Wilkes-Barre Hospital
With all the talk of heroin, opiates, and other illegal narcotics that are being used sometimes we don't hear the horrible effects of alcoholism. Alcohol has the ability to do the same damage as any other drug.
On February 4th, a nurse at a local hospital in Wilkes-Barre is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol during a surgical procedure. He admitted that he was drinking while he was on call to local authorities. His duties during surgery include prepping the patient, monitoring vital signs, and documenting the procedure in their computer system. The nurse was seen on video surveillance stumbling out of his car and bumping into things.
Whether this particular man suffers from alcoholism is unknown to us. What we are simply stating is that alcohol, the most abused drug in the country, also has the capability of wreaking havoc on people's lives.
The disease of addiction doesn't discriminate either. Whether you are a nurse, doctor, lawyer, or unemployed for that matter; alcoholism does not care. In the medical profession, addiction presents its issues in people that are suffering from talking about it. We wrote an article (click HERE) about the medical profession and the damaging effects it has. Many people won't say anything about their addiction because of employment issues. With licensing an issue, many people will not report that they have a problem until it's too late. This recent case may be an example of that.
We don't harbor any judgement against this nurse. If addiction to alcohol is a problem we understand why someone would do this. It is because the alcoholic while drinking has no choice in whether they drink or don't drink. It is not someone's intentions to put their life and other's lives in jeopardy. The problem is that the person isn't the one calling the shots. Alcoholism is and cannot be fought alone.
Again, it does not matter who you are. If you are struggling or a loved one is struggling with alcoholism you need help. Clearbrook has served as a Pennsylvania alcohol rehab for decades. We operate a Pennsylvania alcohol detox and treatment program that can enable the person drinking a new life. Please call our admissions department 24/7 at 1.800.582.6241.