Doctors of Nursing Practice ramp up curriculum to address growing rate of opioid-related overdose deaths in the U.S.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the rate of deaths from heroin and opioid pain reliever overdoses has increased by 200 percent since the year 2000.
Between the year 2000 and 2014, in the United States alone, nearly half a million people died of a drug overdose.
In addition, Pennsylvania was among one of the states with the most significant increases in the rate of drug overdose deaths between 2013 and 2014 according to the CDC.
The opioid abuse problem in this country “is past reaching a crisis point,” says CEO of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, David Hebert, in an Associations Now article.
On April 29 The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) announced a new educational series that will combat opioid use, promote safe prescribing practices and ensure that patients who are in pain still receive the pain relief they need.
AANP and partnering organizations have committed to educating nursing faculty, students, and clinicians across the continuum of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse education, using the CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.
“Our joint commitment reaffirms AANP’s dedication to promoting evidence-based standards for opioid abuse prevention and education, while recognizing the need for patients suffering from chronic and acute pain to access essential pain care,” said AANP President Cindy Cooke.
As part of its commitment to raising the bar for advanced education on opioid prescription, AANP is providing more than 30 hours of continuing education through the AANP CE Center, a live webinar, and two dedicated pain management tracks at its national and specialty conferences for nurse practitioners in 2016.
Alvernia Doctor of Nursing Practice program curriculum includes courses like NUR 585: Advanced Clinical Pharmacology, which focuses on safe prescriptive practice and monitoring therapeutic response to pharmacological agents in primary care settings. DNP students studying to be an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (A-GNP) or Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) will learn to prescribe and incorporate pharmacotherapies for patients in a safe and high quality manner.