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Identifying and Assessing Substance Use in Primary Care

1.3 credits


Full course description

CAPACITY offers free, self-paced courses designed to help RNs strengthen knowledge and skills to practice to the full scope of license in community-based primary care settings.

This module will review existing guidelines and practices to help primary care nurses become better equipped to assess and identify problems related to alcohol and drug use.


  • Understand the prevalence of alcohol and substance use in primary care settings and the nurse’s role in addressing these in the patient visit
  • Explore substance use assessment and communication strategies appropriate for the primary care visit
  • Identify signs and symptoms of substance use and withdrawal in primary care
  • Understand Harm Reduction and the role of the primary care nurse in harm reduction promotion

Learner Disclosures:

  • Accreditation Status: Emory Nursing Professional Development Center (ENPDC) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.
  • Financial Relationships: ENPDC has evaluated everyone who has the ability to control content of this activity (planning committee members, subject matter experts, presenters) and found that no relevant financial relationships exist.
  • Awarding Contact Hours: To obtain contact hours participants must
    • Review the entire activity
    • Complete the evaluation at the end
    • Certificates will be distributed at the end of the evaluation.
  • Enduring Materials Dates:
    • Start Date: 06/30/2022
    • Expiration Date: 06/29/2025

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