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Webinar Details

This presentation provides an overview of integrating substance use content into an RN-BS curriculum. Substance use in the United States increased dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic and is already alarmingly high, 13% of Americans reported beginning or increasing use of substances during this time to cope with pandemic associated stressors. Additionally, opioid deaths increased by 30% during this same period of time. Nurses care for patients experiencing substance use disorder (SUD) in every healthcare setting and historically nursing curriculum has not well-prepared students for caring for this vulnerable population. With the increase in substance use, nurses must be equipped with the knowledge to provide care for this vulnerable population.


  • Discuss the need for substance use education in nursing curricula.

  • Describe the integration and success of a substance use course into RN-BS curriculum.

  • Identify opportunities and resources for incorporating SUD into nursing education.

  • Share strategies on how SUD resources can be used to prepare students to address SUD in practice.

  • Share anonymous student feedback about the value of the course.

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Pricing and CE Credit

This webinar is free to deans, faculty, staff and students from AACN member schools of nursing. All non-member audiences will be required to pay a $59 webinar fee.

Continuing Education Credits

Eligible attendees may receive one continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hour for participating in this webinar. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is an accredited CNE-provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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