Often, patients admitted to a hospital for other primary concerns also have substance abuse or dependency issues that are complicating their overall health. A patient's attending physician can request a consult by an intervention nurse.
We have two full-time intervention nurses on staff. They will see patients at any hospital in Lincoln.
Intervention nurses assess the patient for a possible substance use or addiction issue and make a recommendation to both the patient and the attending physician. Outcomes are more positive for the patient when substance abuse or dependency issues are identified and treated as another aspect of the overall medical care the patient is already receiving.