Promoting nurse safety and wellness optimally ensures the very best outcome for patients, healthcare facilities and society. Therefore, it is among the highest of honors to address various groups in order to increase awareness and profile initiatives which reduce as much as possible the risk of chemical dependency within the ranks of the nursing profession and student nurse population.

Facilities that employ nurses, addiction treatment professionals and schools of nursing are among those who most frequently request a presentation on this topic. If you would like to explore my availability to present at a future event or forum, please feel free to contact me at paula@unbecominganurse.org.


Previous Events:

October, 26th, 2016 - "Portraying Nurses Within the Palette of Substance Use Disorders" at the Northwell Behavioral Health Nursing Conference held at the North Hills Country Club in Manhasset, NY.

March, 26th, 2016 - "Nurses and Mood-Altering Substance Use" at The Farley Center at Williamsburg Place in Williamsburg, Virginia.

January, 20th, 2016 - "What Nurses Need To Know About Substance Use" at the Professional Nurses' Association of Suffolk County (PNASC) Dinner Meeting in Ronkonkoma.

November 6th, 2015 - "Substance Use and the Nurse: Overcoming Shame and Embracing Treatment" at the 7th Annual HAVEN Symposium Meeting the Challenges of Professional Health: Shame & Stigma.

September 11th, 2015 - Keynote at the 12th Annual Caring Across Cultures Conference: A Culture of Addiction at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

March 26th, 2015 - Presented on "Dependency Awareness in the Workplace" at the SUN Local 75 5th Annual Professional Practice Workshop in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

October 15th, 2014 - Presented on "Diversion Impacts the User, Too" at the Dignity Health 5th Annual Medication Safety Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada.

October 8th, 2013 - Keynote presenter at the “Addiction Un-Plugged” conference of the Association of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island, Canada.

October 3rd, 2013 - Keynote presenter at the Custody & Caring 13th Biennial International Conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

September 22nd, 2013 - Presented  “Illuminating the Shadow of Substance Use Disorders in Nurses” at the  National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) Brunch and Learn at Adelphi University Alumni House in Garden City, N.Y.

November 9th, 2012 - NCADD Maryland Professional Health Advisory Council (PHAC) Luncheon featured guest speaker Paula Davies Scimeca.

May 3rd, 2012 - Opening Keynote at the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association's (SRNA) Annual Meeting and Conference in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

December 8th, 2011 - College of Staten Island School of Nursing presentation "Advancing Professional Safety and Wellness - Awareness, Self-Assessment and Commitment."

December 7th, 2011 - Adelphi University School of Nursing presentation on "Advancing Professional Safety and Wellness - Awareness, Self-Assessment and Commitment."

November 21st, 2011 - Adelphi University School of Nursing presentation on "Advancing Professional Safety and Wellness – Awareness, Self-Assessment and Commitment."

November 9th, 2011 – NYU School of Nursing presentation on "Advancing Professional Safety and Wellness – Awareness, Self-Assessment and Commitment."

October 28th, 2011 - Merrimack County Department of Corrections' Grand Rounds at Attitash Grand Summit Resort featured a presentation by Ms. Scimeca on "Substance Use Disorders, Drug Diversion and Nurses" in Attitash, New Hampshire.

October 1st, 2011 - the Epsilon Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Founder's Day Celebration and Induction Ceremony featured Ms. Scimeca as keynote speaker on the subject of Preventing Substance Use Disorders in Nurses at the Hilton Garden Inn in Staten Island, New York.

September 23rd, 2011 - Ms. Scimeca spoke at the Rhode Island State Nurses' Association's launch of the RISNA Substance Abuse Prevention Program held in Providence, RI.

February 5th, 2011 - 59th Annual Virginia Nursing Students Association Convention in Lynchburg, VA, presentation: "Addictive Disorders in the Nursing Profession."

November 17th, 2010 - National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) 21st Annual Conference will feature a presentation by Paula Davies Scimeca, RN, MS on "From Unbecoming a Nurse to Overcoming Addiction" at the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis, Indiana. Contact info@NADDI.org or (410) 321-4600 for more information.

November, 2010 - Recovery Talk Radio Show interview with Robyn Leary. Tune in on Tuesday November 2nd at 6:30 pm or Saturday, November 6th 9:30 am, or listen anytime at www.wdfh.org

October 22nd, 2010 - International Nurses Society on Addictions conference Plenary Session expert panelist on "Making Impermeable into Semi-Permeable Barriers to Evidence-Based Chemical Dependency Practice: Progress Not Perfection!" with Art Zwerling, DNP, CRNA, DAAPM and William Lorman, PhD, MSN.

September 17th, 2010 - Keynote speaker at the Indiana State Nurses Assistance Program (ISNAP) Fall Conference in Indianapolis.

September 11th, 2010 - break-out session Supporting Nurses in Recovery at the 2nd Annual Recovery Retreat Uniting Maine Recovery Communities at the University of Maine.

September 10th, 2010 - all day workshop From Unbecoming a Nurse to Overcoming Addiction sponsored by the Maine Alliance for Addiction Recovery (MAAR,) AdCare Educational Institute & Medical Professionals Health Program in Maine at the Augusta Civic Center.

August, 2010 - podcast of Afflicted and Affected OnlineShow host Chris Schroeder’s interview with Paula Davies Scimeca is available at www.afflictedandaffected.com

June 26th, 2010 - live radio interview with Dr. Harris Stratyner on 1230 WFAS AM radio regarding the book "From Unbecoming A Nurse to Overcoming Addiction."

April 16th, 2010 - South Charleston, WV all-day conference on "Addiction: Identifying & Helping A Nurse In Crisis, While Finding Alternatives To Discipline," sponsored by The Farley Center at Williamsburg Place and Thomas Memorial Hospital.

February 8th, 2010 - guest lecture at New York University School of Nursing.

February 7th, 2010 - Sigma Theta Tau International Brunch presentation at Molloy College "Addiction in Nurses: 20/20 Vision for 2010 and Beyond."

February 6th, 2010 - guest lecture at Wagner College School of Nursing.

November 10th, 2009 - guest lecture Adelphi University School of Nursing Manhattan campus.

November 4th, 2009 - guest lecture New York University School of Nursing.

October 2nd, 2009 - Ms. Scimeca was an expert panelist discussing Representation of the Addicted Nurse Before Your Nursing Board at the 28th Annual Meeting and Educational Conference of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA) in Albuquerque, NM.

October 1st, 2009 - Ms. Scimeca and Karen Halpern, RN, Esq. co-presented on Prescription Painkillers – Pre-empting the Legal and Professional Free-Fall of Nurse Colleagues at the 33rd Annual International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) Conference in Albuquerque, NM.

September 25th, 2009 - Book signing at the Rhode Island Institute for Nurses and the Nursing Foundation of Rhode Island's educational forum: Breaking The Habit, Providence RI.

September 18th, 2009 – Radio interview with Diana Mason on Healthstyles, on WBAI 99.5 FM radio 1-2pm or via stream at www.wbai.org.

August 28th and 29th, 2009 - New England Alliance for Addiction Recovery (NEAAR) Regional Recovery Conference, Nashua New Hampshire.

July 25th, 2009 - radio interview with Dr. Harris Stratyner on "Here's To Your Good Health" at 11a.m. on 1230 WFAS AM radio. For those outside the Westchester, NY, listening area, Dr. Stratyner’s show can be heard live via streaming at www.wfasam.com.

June 4th, 2009 - Mission Hospital, Asheville, N.C. presentation titled "Advancing Professional Safety and Wellness: Awareness, Self-Assessment and Commitment."

June 3rd, 2009 - Pardee Hospital, Hendersonville, N.C. presentation titled "Advancing Professional Safety and Wellness: Awareness, Self-Assessment and Commitment."

May 27th, 2009 - Professional Nurses’ Association of Suffolk County (PNASC) Awards Dinner at the Stonebridge Country Club "Unbecoming A Nurse" book signing.

April 22nd, 2009 - Ms. Scimeca's induction into Sigma Theta Tau International's Kappa Gamma Chapter at SUNY Stony Brook under the category of Nurse Leader.

March 27th, 2009 - Student Nurses' Association at the State University of New York at Farmingdale was addressed regarding maintaining nurse safety and wellness and avoiding the risk of chemical dependency.

March 5th, 2009 - East Carolina University psychiatric nursing class was addressed in Greenville, NC, regarding chemical dependency in the nursing profession.