Effective Treatments for Opioid Use Disorders: Educating & Empowering Nurses During an Epidemic

Continuing education webinars for all nurses developed by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association to provide needed knowledge and help answer the question, “What can nurses do?” to address the epidemic of opioid use and overdose in the U.S. Almost 4 million nurses can make a difference!

Each of the webinars below is available for continuing nursing education contact hours at no cost. For continuing nursing education targeted to your scope of practice, select the option which best describes your role:

Registered Nurses (RNs)
This webinar is for registered nurses working in any setting who want to: Gain Knowledge: Identify key morbidity and mortality statistics related to heroin and prescription opioid use. Help Patients: Assist patients in selecting options and proceeding with treatments for opioid use disorder based on individual needs. Increase Access: Detail ways to increase access to treatment for opioid use disorders in your setting(s) or communities.
All Registered Nurses: Effective Treatments for Opioid Use Disorders
Target Audience: RN
Contact hours: 1.25
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (PMH-RNs)
This webinar targeted to psychiatric-mental health nurses includes the content above, but also includes information specific to the scope and standards of psychiatric-mental health nursing and special considerations for providing care to populations with co-occurring psychiatric-mental health and opioid use disorders.
Psychiatric-Mental Health RNs: Effective Treatments for Opioid Use Disorders
Target Audience: PMH-RN
Contact hours: 1.25
Advanced Practice Nurses (APRNs)
This webinar for advanced practice nurses includes the content above, but also provides knowledge and strategies for identifying and selecting pharmacologic and psychotherapeutic treatment options within the APRN scope of practice for patients with opioid use disorders. It also covers considerations for treating additional special populations with opioid use disorder, including pregnant women and persons with comorbid HIV/AIDS and/or HCV.
Advanced Practice Nurses: Effective Treatments for Opioid Use Disorders
Target Audience: APRN
Contact hours: 3.50 Rx


Susan Caverly, PhD, ARNP, BC, PLLC
Mary Kastner, PMHNP-BC
Laura Leahy, DrNP, APRN, PMH-CNS/FNP, BC
Matthew Tierney, MS, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC



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