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Survey on Addictions: Toward Curricular Change for Family Nurse Practitioners

Nancy Campbell-Heider, Deborah S Finnell, Janice Cooke Feigenbaum, Thomas H Feeley, Karol Susan Rejman, Tammy Austin-Ketch, Christopher Zulawski and Andrea Schmitt

The purpose of this paper is to describe the results of a survey of advanced practice nurses (APNs) to determine the activities they perform related to caring for patients with addictions and or co-occurring mental health disorders, the amount of addictions education in their graduate programs, and their perceptions of the value of addictions education for their role. Data were obtained from 233 APNs in New York State using a tool adapted from a previous job analysis survey. APNs reported the greatest amount of experience in history taking for various types of addictions and co-occurring mental health disorders and least amount of experience in performing objective exams, using standardized screening tools, ordering related diagnostic tests, prescribing pharmacological treatments, and making referrals for addiction treatment. Respondents reported a mean of less than three hours addictions education in their graduate programs in contrast to their high perceived importance of this clinical area.

Published Online: 2009-1-18

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