• Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technicians
Hours: 32 Contact Hours
(15 pharm hours)
  • Benita Walton-Moss, DNS, APRN, BC
  • Kathleen L. Becker, MS, CRNP
  • Joan Kub, PhD, MA, APRN, BC
  • Kathleen Woodruff, MS, APRN, BC
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Lynette Jack, PhD, RN, CARN
  • Lori Holleran Steiker, PhD, CISW, ACSW
Item#: N1413
Contents: 1 Course Book (302 pages), 1 Instruction Booklet (5 pages)
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Substance Abuse: Commonly Abused Substances and the Addiction Process, 2nd Edition

Price $74.95
Item # N1413
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PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with accreditation criteria, content hours will not be awarded for completion of this course beyond 5/31/2017.

Course Expiration Date: 5/31/17

This nursing CE course provides nurses with a comprehensive overview of substance abuse and the addiction process. Substance Abuse identifies twelve types of commonly used substances and covers the identification and assessment of patients with substance related disorders, as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th Edition (DSM-5). Nurses taking this CE course will learn about therapeutic treatment modalities, including pharmacological methods, group rehabilitation and alternative measures. This course also covers substance abuse among healthcare professionals.

Delaware RNs & LPNs – Fulfills entire substance abuse requirement.

West Virginia LPNs - Fulfills entire substance abuse requirement.

Course Objectives
  • Discuss epidemiology of substance use in the United States.
  • Discuss the concepts and principles of preventing substance abuse.
  • Identify components of a substance abuse assessment.
  • Discuss various substances.
  • Discuss the effects of various substances on the body.
  • Discuss clinical considerations for patients with substance abuse disorders.
  • Discuss treatment approaches.
  • Discuss the scope of substance use among health care professionals.
Benita Walton-Moss, DNS, APRN, BC, received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the Johns Hopkins University School of Health Services, Baltimore, in 1978. Her Master’s in Nursing was obtained from the University of Rochester in 1982, during which time she was also prepared as a family nurse practitioner. She earned her Doctorate of Nursing Science from the University of California, San Francisco, in 1994. She is currently an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Dr. Walton-Moss delivers gynecologic care to women participating in a substance abuse clinic. Her area of research is women with substance abuse and intimate partner violence.

Kathleen L. Becker, MS, CRNP, is an assistant professor and an adult nurse practitioner (ANP) at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore. She is the coordinator of the Adult Nurse Practitioner Program and maintains a clinical practice at Health Care for the Homeless in Baltimore MD. She is currently a member of the Content Expert Panel for the Adult Nurse Practitioner Exam at The American Nurses Credentialing Center; a member of the review panel for The Journal of Nursing Education and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Advanced Studies in Nursing Johns Hopkins Nursing. In 2006 she received the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Graduate End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) training for advance practice nurses award and in 2004 received the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners State Award for Excellence in Maryland. Ms. Becker is actively involved in clinical practice with patients with substance use disorders (SUD) and lectures on the topics of screening and treating patients with SUD.

Joan Kub, PhD, MA, APRN, BC, is an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, in Baltimore. She coordinates the MSN/MPH program and MSN in Public Health Nursing programs at the Johns Hopkins University. She was a recipient of a CSAP Faculty Development Fellowship for the Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Abuse from 1995 to 1998. She is an active member of the research and policy committees of the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntSNA) and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Addictions Nursing. Her practice and research interests are focused on the prevention of substance use in children and adolescents and the overlap between substance abuse and violence.

Kathleen Woodruff, MS, APRN, BC, received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in 1981. Her Master’s degree in Nursing was obtained from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in 1987. Her advanced degree prepared her as an adult nurse practitioner. She is currently an instructor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore. She is currently working as a nurse practitioner, serving clients in the areas of substance abuse and HIV care.

Lynette Jack, PhD, RN, CARN, has a Master’s degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing and has been certified in addictions nursing. She has worked clinically in addictions treatment. She authored several texts in addictions nursing, and has served in elected office for the International Nurses Society on Addictions and the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses. Currently the Director of Accelerated Health Programs for Waynesburg College in Pennsylvania, which includes undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs in nursing, Lynette has taught courses on addictions at undergraduate and graduate levels. She is an associate editor for the Journal of Addictions Nursing and a frequent presenter on topics related to addictions.

Lori Holleran Steiker, PhD, CISW, ACSW, was an addictions therapist for more than 12 years. During her doctoral program at Arizona State University, Phoenix, she transitioned to research on adolescent substance abuse and prevention. She helped design and evaluate the model Drug Resistance Strategies Project’s “Keepin’ It REAL” curriculum and is presently working on a study of culturally grounded adaptations of that curriculum for high risk youth in community settings. She is an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work and was awarded a Mentored Research Scientist Development Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She is the recent recipient of the Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award given by the Society for Social Work and Research.

  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from date of purchase or through the expiration date indicated above, whichever date comes first.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.