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Understanding Addiction

Written by: Catherine Cantrell, RN, MSN

? 1 Contact Hour

About the Author

Catherine Cantrell, MSN, RN, received her Master of Science in Nursing – Education and a Bachelor of Science, Nursing from Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN. She is a Certified in Oncology Nursing and End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium. Catherine is an Assistant Professor and Simulation Coordinator at Aquinas College, Nashville, TN. She is a Freelance Writer and Content Expert.

Contact Hours: 1

Course Description

This course is designed for healthcare professionals managing patient’s pain while integrating information about the crisis of substance addiction. This course broadens the healthcare professional’s understanding of addiction as a health condition and an epidemic. Healthcare professionals in acute care settings who complete this course will increase understanding how to effectively manage pain.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the many factors that can being an addiction.
  • Explain the consequences of addiction for the person with addiction.
  • Consider the effects of addiction at the family, community, state, and national level.
  • Compare addiction behaviors to behaviors associated with medication tolerance.
  • Describe addiction treatment pillars of success.
Successful completion of this course will provide the learner with one (1) contact hour.

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Virginia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation

To receive credit for this course you must pass this test with a score of 80% or higher.

No individual in a position to control content for this activity has any relevant financial relationships to declare.

Contact hours will be provided for the completion of this activity from December 14, 2018 through December 14, 2020.

? 1 Contact Hour