Educating Ambulatory Care Nurses to Address Substance Use

Yovan Gonzalez, Sharon L. Kozachik, Deborah S. Finnell

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Background: Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) for substance use has an impact on morbidity and mortality and health care cost. Local Problem: Nurses in ambulatory care settings may lack knowledge about evidence-based substance use SBIRT. Methods: A comparison of pre- and postintervention data was performed to determine whether knowledge improved and to identify facilitators and barriers to SBIRT implementation. Interventions: Nurses completed an online self-paced program focusing on alcohol and drug use screening, motivational interviewing used in a brief intervention, and referral to specialty treatment. Results: Postintervention knowledge scores increased (P <.001). Facilitator and barrier themes included time, education, resources, receptivity, and interprofessional collaboration. Conclusions: The implementation of the SBIRT online program was feasible for nurses to complete during work hours and resulted in increased SBIRT-related knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-358
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of nursing care quality
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020


  • ambulatory care
  • and referral to treatment (SBIRT)
  • brief intervention
  • motivational interviewing
  • referral and consultation
  • screening
  • substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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