Combating the Opioid Crisis Through Education of Family Nurse Practitioner Students: A DNP Project

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Conzemius, Destiny
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2020-05-15
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Background: There is significant morbidity and mortality associated with the opioid crisis as well as significant economic, financial and social costs. Review of the literature has shown a need to future healthcare providers regarding opioid prescribing. Several states have also implemented comprehensive education surrounding issues associated with the opioid crisis. Research regarding the education of nurse practitioners is lacking; even though the number of nurse practitioners practicing is increasing.|Sample/Setting: A total of 41 family nurse practitioner (FNP) students at Creighton University participated in the Fall of 2019. The educational module was implemented as part of the student’s adult management course.|Methods: Participation was voluntary. A pre-module perceptions and knowledge survey was administered. Following completion of the survey student gained access to complete the education module. After completing the module, the students took the same perceptions and knowledge survey. Students also participated in an online discussion board related to the educational module. In the discussion board most students had stated that they observed the opioid guidelines being used in clinical practice.|Results: Pre-survey responses demonstrated a need for opioid education indicating the importance of this educational intervention. Comparison of the pre and post module perceptions and knowledge survey demonstrated student learning in several areas.|Conclusion: Pre and post module survey data demonstrate the need for this education to be a permanent part of the curricula for FNP students at Creighton. Additionally, the data demonstrated knowledge growth in several areas as well as areas where further education would be beneficial.
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