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In 2018 the American Academy of Nursing urged all nursing schools to adopt curriculum to address the opioid epidemic, although few programs have begun this work.
Minimal background training in nursing school is focused on caring for patients with Opiate use disorder ( OUD) and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) leaving nurses to develop the necessary skills for optimal patient engagement to be formulated in practice. An undergraduate nursing program in an urban setting developed OUD and NAS education into their curriculum.
Undergraduate nursing students are increasingly encountering patients with opioid use disorder in the clinical setting. Previous research indicates students are exposed to negative messages that might influence their views about patients with opioid use disorder.
NAS, OUD, education, opioid use disorder, neonatal abstinence syndrome
Flood, DNP, RN, CBC, Tara, "Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Education in an Undergraduate Nursing Program" (2023). College of Nursing Posters. 31.