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AACN Announces 2022 Award Recipients for NIDA Substance Use Disorder Training Award

Published January 18, 2022

Congratulations to R. Shavon Clark, DNP Student, University of South Florida College of Nursing, and Nadia Oyama, DNP Student, Chaminade University of Honolulu on receiving the 2022 American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) Substance Use Disorders Evidence-Based Practice Training Award.

R. Shavon ClarkR. Shavon Clark was selected for her project, Increasing Access to Treatment for Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorder: A Quality Improvement Project. Shavon is an AANP-certified practicing Advanced Practice Registered Nurse treating patients with substance use disorder in inpatient and outpatient settings. In 1999, she began her professional nursing career as a high school dual enrollment student after acceptance to a competitive accelerated practical nursing program. Over the past two decades, she completed an ASN degree from Valencia College in 2003, a BSN degree from the University of Phoenix in 2009, and an MSN from South University in 2016. While completing her nursing education, Shavon worked as a registered nurse in several nursing areas, including psychiatry and substance use, med/surg, long-term care, home care, case management, and a variety of  nursing leadership roles. Shavon is currently seeking a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at the University of South Florida (USF) and plans to graduate in August 2022. She is an adjunct faculty member at USF College of Nursing and contributes to the preparation of both undergraduate and graduate nursing students. In 2016, she was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and is currently a member of several community service-focused organizations. 

Her quality improvement project seeks to increase referrals leading to treatment access for pregnant women with opioid use disorder in a community in southwest Florida where she is currently a buprenorphine-waivered provider of medication-assisted treatment. This project aims to assist in closing an identified gap in access to treatment for pregnant women with substance use disorder in Florida. 

Nadia OyamaNadia Oyama has worked for over 15 years in the field of psychiatric mental health nursing. Nadia has been a psychiatric nurse since 2015 after graduating with her BSN from Chaminade University of Honolulu. While working as a psychiatric nurse in the Emergency Department at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, she was accepted into the Inaugural PMHNP-DNP program at Chaminade University in 2021 with a planned graduation date of 2024.  Nadia is currently an ANCC certified psychiatric nurse and an instructor for non-violent vrisis intervention in her organization.

Nadia has always had an interest in substance abuse disorder as it has ravaged through her island home impacting a large Native Hawaiian population as well as friends and family. In Hawaii, substance abuse is a substantial problem effecting people across the lifespan, and the problem is getting increasingly worse. In Nadia’s experience substance abuse is one of the major contributing factors to emergency room visits, hospitalizations, job loss, houselessness, worsening medical comorbidities, and prolonged symptoms of psychosis. There is a stigma around substance abuse, with many people not understanding addiction and substance abuse as a disease, which unfortunately in some cases prevents nursing staff from providing unbiased care and treatment.   

Nadia is currenting working on a presentation to educate nursing students, faculty, and clinicians about the use of SBIRT to disseminate this tool across Hawaii’s nursing schools and healthcare facilities with the outcome being an increase in early access to substance abuse treatment, prolonged abstinence from substance use, and improvement in the patient’s ability to become functioning members in society. Education will bring more awareness to the problem, provide proper ways of addressing a person suffering from substance abuse, and eventually decrease the stigma thus growing future compassionate nurses and community leaders.  

Nadia currently resides in Kaneohe, Hawaii with her husband and 3 children.  Nadia enjoys spending quality family time at the ocean and watching her children excel in sports and growing their dreams.