Specialty Program 2019 | CARN Certification Prep | Nursing Care of Patients with Substance Use Disorders in Primary Care Settings

Seattle, WA US
March 13, 2019 to June 19, 2019

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The Universities of Washington State (WSU and UW) with DOH are jointly offering a 15-week webinar-based course in addictions nursing. 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. Course materials will be made available to participants at no cost so future faculty can use and modify the materials to continue training the Washington State workforce.

Certification Prep

The course will provide the 30 continuing education hours that meet one criteria for nurses seeking certification in addictions nursing. Persons working at specified clinics who are certified in addiction nursing are eligible to apply for the HRSA Substance Abuse loan repayment program.

Course Format

The course will consist of didactic webinars delivered each week with small breakout groups for interactive discussions. Content is designed to prepare nurses for the addiction nursing certification exam. Participants will be encouraged to inform their supervisor and teammates that they are attending and are invited to present and address issues with intent of improving clinical skills and/or the clinic’s care of persons with substance misuse. Participants will be asked to present an anonymous patient for case review and discussion. Participants can choose three tracks (basics, quality improvement, or faculty). They can then select activities to practice skills in their setting. Other clinic staff are invited to join the participant to help implementation of topics of interest.

Completion Requirements

Due to the interactive format of this course, attending the live webinar (watching it while it is broadcast so you can interact with the faculty) is mandatory. Attendance will be taken at each session. You are allowed to miss one webinar, as long as you watch the recording later. To earn contact hour credit, you must attend all 15 sessions, complete the tests, assignments, participant profile and all evaluations. No partial credit will be given.


  • University of Washington School of Nursing
  • Washington State University School of Nursing
  • Washington State Department of Health
  • Harborview Medical Center


Funds for the this course are provided by Cooperative Agreement 5 NU17CE002734, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The course faculty will make 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.

    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. Marijuana 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
    Maximum credit available: 
    • 30.00 Contact hours
    Event starts: 
    03/13/2019 - 5:30pm PDT
    Event ends: 
    06/19/2019 - 7:30pm PDT

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    Broadcast from T661 HSB
    1959 NE Pacific Street
    Seattle, WA 98105
    United States

    Core Faculty

    Mary Catlin, MPH, BSN, CIC
    Institutional Nurse Consultant
    Injury and Violence Prevention
    Washington State Department of Health, Olympia
    Mary.Catlin@doh.wa.gov | www.doh.wa.gov

    Wendy Williams-Gilbert, PhD, RN
    Clinical Associate Professor, RN to BSN and Professional Development Director
    Washington State University College of Nursing, Spokane
    wendy.buenzli@wsu.edu | nursing.wsu.edu

    Planning Committee

    Mary Catlin, MPH, BSN, CIC

    C. Joan Riesland, MEd, BSN, RN
    Lead Nurse Planner and CE Specialist
    University of Washington School of Nursing | Continuing Nursing Education
    jriesl@uw.edu | www.uwcne.org

    Wendy Williams-Gilbert, PhD, RN

    Professional Credit

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    Available Credit

    • 30.00 Contact hours
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