Substance Use Disorders | Addictions Nursing | Educational Resources for Training the Workforce


This collection of addictions nursing resources was created during a 15-week course jointly provided by the University of Washington, Washington State University and the Washington State Department of Health. The course content is being offered free of charge to healthcare professionals who wish to learn more about addictions nursing, prepare for certification or educate staff. Any and all of the material is provided for distribution and modification by faculty to continue training the Washington State workforce. The goal is to provide updated information that nurses and their care teams can use to reduce risky use of substances, including opioids, tobacco, alcohol, methamphetamine, and other substances of abuse.

What's Included

  • Video Recordings
  • Slide Decks
  • Handouts
  • Sample Test
  • Suggested Assignments List
  • Resource List


  • University of Washington School of Nursing
  • Washington State University School of Nursing
  • Washington State Department of Health


Funding for this course is provided by Cooperative Agreement 5 NU17CE002734, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The course faculty has made every effort to use evidence-based materials including information from CDC and HHS. However, the  contents are solely the responsibility of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.


Content Updates: These proceedings were recorded in early 2019. As addictions nursing education matures, some terminology will change. Please be aware that if you use the content to educate others, it is up to you to update your materials to reflect new information and terminology as it becomes available. It is beyond the scope of our funding to support ongoing updates.

Participants in the videos: The opinions and observations of the participants in the videos do not represent the policies and/or procedures of their employers or the joint providers of this course.

    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 welcomed.

    Objectives for Learning Outcomes

    At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be better able to:

    • Screen patients for the most common substance use disorders
    • Define supervised specimen collection
    • Interpret toxicology tests
    • Apply motivational interviewing techniques
    • Describe the regulatory and quality assurance requirements applicable to OBOTs
    • Manage a population of patients with substance use disorders
    • Refer patients to specialty consultation
    • Use the Prescription Monitoring Program
    • Explain treatment options and resources for pregnant women and parents with substance use disorders
    • Implement a quality assurance project in your work setting

    Additional Information

    1. Course overview and population level description of substance use epidemic
    2. Assessment, treatment planning and goal setting, Part 1
    3. Assessment, treatment planning and goal setting, Part 2
    4. Neurobiology and pharmacology of addiction
    5. Helping clinic patients quit tobacco use
    6. Risky alcohol use and alcohol use disorder
    7. Cannabis in Washington State
    8. Treatment of opioid use disorder and opioid dependence in clinics with buprenorphine and naltrexone
    9. Treatment of opioid use disorder with methadone in Opioid Treatment Programs (regulations,pharmacology, PMP, coordination of care for prenatal patients, hospitalized and jail)
    10. Stimulant disorders (ADHD med misuse, cocaine, methamphetamine)
    11. Substance use in pregnancy, with a focus on opioid use disorder
    12. Anxiety, depression, suicide, PTSD in substance use patients, nurse's role in primary care
    13. Care of persons with substance use in incarcerated populations in WA State
    14. Care of persons with substance use in hospitalized patients and Emergency Departments
    15. Process Disorders: Shopping, Gambling, Sex, Porn, Exercise, Food and Gaming
    Course summary

    Core Faculty

    Mary Catlin, MPH, BSN, CIC
    Institutional Nurse Consultant (retired)
    Injury and Violence Prevention
    Washington State Department of Health, Olympia

    Wendy Williams-Gilbert, PhD, RN
    Clinical Associate Professor, RN to BSN and Professional Development Director
    Washington State University College of Nursing, Spokane |

    Planning Committee

    Mary Catlin, MPH, BSN, CIC

    Joan Riesland, MEd, BSN, RN
    Program Lead and Lead Nurse Planner
    University of Washington School of Nursing | Continuing Nursing Education

    Wendy Williams-Gilbert, PhD, RN

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