Professional Impairment

Publication Title: 
The journal of pastoral care & counseling: JPCC

The authors reviewed the literature on mental health issues among clergy and other religious professionals, using electronic searches of databases of medical (Medline), nursing (CINAHL), psychology (PsycINFO), religious (ATLA), and sociological research (Sociofile). The existing research indicates the Protestant clergy report higher levels of occupational stress than Catholic priests, brothers, or sisters. Catholic sisters repeatedly reported the lowest work-related stress, whereas women rabbis reported the highest stress levels in various studies.

Author(s): 
Weaver, Andrew J.
Flannelly, Kevin J.
Larson, David B.
Stapleton, Carolyn L.
Koenig, Harold G.
Publication Title: 
The journal of pastoral care & counseling: JPCC

Increasing attention has been focused on mental health problems of clergy in light of long work hours, extraordinary demands, and diversity of tasks. In this communication we report findings from the psychiatric evaluation of 70 Episcopal priests. We describe psychiatric diagnoses, but our focus is on two common themes that emerged: difficulties maintaining professional boundaries and problems with mentalizing, i.e., imagining the impact of their behavior and words on others. Recommendations for education and prevention are addressed.

Author(s): 
Crisp-Han, Holly
Gabbard, Glen O.
Martinez, Melissa
Publication Title: 
Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic

The causes of therapist-patient sex are complex and multidetermined. Efforts to understand why psychotherapists transgress sexual boundaries are hampered by the lure of reductionism and oversimplification. Most of those who examine this issue would prefer to categorize all such therapists as "bad" and "corrupt" as a way of distancing themselves and disavowing any similarities between these therapists and themselves.

Author(s): 
Gabbard, G. O.
Publication Title: 
AORN journal

The perioperative nurse manager faces an ethical dilemma when faced with an impaired colleague. An effort to support impaired practitioners and to ensure patient safety and quality of care seem incompatible. To facilitate both, violations of the state nurse practice act must be reported, and the employee terminated if your documentation is adequate and treatment options you offer are not pursued. This harsh approach is necessary when the impaired practitioner puts patient care at risk.

Author(s): 
Abbott, C. A.
Publication Title: 
AORN journal

The perioperative nurse manager faces an ethical dilemma when faced with an impaired colleague. An effort to support impaired practitioners and to ensure patient safety and quality of care seem incompatible. To facilitate both, violations of the state nurse practice act must be reported, and the employee terminated if your documentation is adequate and treatment options you offer are not pursued. This harsh approach is necessary when the impaired practitioner puts patient care at risk.

Author(s): 
Abbott, C. A.
Publication Title: 
General Dentistry

Overcoming denial and admitting to having a chemical dependency problem is a hurdle that is extraordinarily difficult for anyone to handle without professional assistance. Addicted health care professionals often become even more deeply enmeshed in denial of their problem. They refuse help because they see themselves as educated beyond the level of those who are attempting to help them, and because they fear professional humiliation. Dental professionals who become aware of a colleague's chemical dependence, have an ethical duty to intervene in a constructive way.

Author(s): 
Chiodo, G. T.
Tolle, S. W.
Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

While sexual interaction between psychologists, physicians, and other health therapists of all kinds and their clients is typically condemned by professional bodies as unethical, the controversy regarding the potential for hypnosis to produce compliant behavior in unwilling or nonconsenting subjects suggests that hypnotherapist-client sex may warrant special attention. Because the experiments required to clarify the potential for hypnosis to potentiate nontrivial compliance are themselves unethical and/or inconclusive, experimental methods cannot be adequately used to clarify this issue.

Author(s): 
Hawkins, R.
Publication Title: 
Community Practitioner: The Journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Nursing
Author(s): 
Casey, D.
Publication Title: 
Nebraska Nurse

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