Nursing Care of Patients with Substance Use Disorders in Primary Care
March 13, 2019 –
WSU, UW and DOH are excited to offer the first joint course to help primary care teams across Washington State address substance use disorders in primary care. Nurses in opioid treatment programs, jails, and other settings are welcome as well. This is a 15 week course, Wednesdays March 13-June 19th from 5:30-7:30. Participants are welcome to use the course to improve their own clinical skills or to work on a project to improve care in their clinics. See the flier for more information or contract me.
This first course is supported by CDC and is an excellent value for staff who want to learn but are resource limited.
Target audience: Nurses and health care team members working in settings with patients with substance use disorders including primary care clinics, jails, opioid treatment programs, school clinics, office-based buprenorphine clinics, and Emergency Departments. Faculty who teach nurses are also warmly welcomed.
The Universities of Washington State (WSU and UW) with the Department of Health will jointly offer a 15 week course in addictions nursing. The goal is to provide updated information that nurses and their care teams can use to reduce harmful use of substances including opioids, tobacco, alcohol,
methamphetamine, and other substances. All course materials will be made available to participants at no cost so future faculty can use and modify the materials to continue training the Washington State workforce.
Time: Wednesdays, March 13th to June 19th, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM via Zoom connection.
Location: Webinar with discussion. Details available upon registration.
Course structure: The course will consist of didactic lectures, case presentation and discussion to help improve clinical skills and/or the clinics care of persons with substance misuse. In addition, the course
will help prepare nurses for the addictions nursing certification exam. Participants will be encouraged to inform their supervisor and team that they are attending. Participants will be asked to present an anonymous patient for case review and discussion. Participants can choose three tracks (Basic Care,
Quality Improvement, or Faculty) and will be able to select activities to practice for each track. Other clinic staff are invited to join the participant to facilitate implementation of topics of interest.
Cost: No cost to participants, however, reading materials and suggested text books will be at the participant’s expense. Participants must register in advance by March 10 or earlier if course capacity is reached.