Nursing: America's Illicit Drug Crisis

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About the Course

This course provides an overview of select illicit substances and their use in the United States, signs and symptoms of these drugs use, as well as immediate and long-term interventions.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Discuss the composition and properties of three types of illicit substances.
  • Compare and contrast the effects of these substances on the brain based on the mode of transmission.
  • Define terms relevant to their use.
  • Describe today‚Äôs drug epidemic.
  • Describe the etiology of illicit substance addiction.
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of substance use.
  • Explain the differences between the psychological and physical effects of short-term and chronic illicit substance use. 
  • Discuss immediate and long-term treatment methods, including three evidence-based therapies to treat illicit substance use.
  • Highlight special nursing considerations when caring for patients who are addicted or at risk for becoming addicted to illicit substances.

About the Author:
Kelly A. Crum, PhD(c), MSN, RN

Kelly Crum, PhD(c), MSN, RN is a professor and interim Director of the Division of Nursing at Bob Jones University.  Most recently, Ms. Crum served as the Director of the School of Nursing at Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, WI.  She earned her BSN from Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, FL, a MSN with a focus on maternal, child nursing, curriculum development, and nursing education from the University of South Alabama, and nurse practitioner post-master's coursework in women's health.  Ms. Crum is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (ABD) from the University of Phoenix, focusing on the nursing student's experience with international service-learning.  Previously, she served as an instructional specialist in the Health Sciences and Nursing Department at the University of Phoenix Online and as a Certified Advanced Facilitator.  Ms. Crum has also served as nursing faculty at Pensacola Christian College and Piedmont International University in Winston Salem, NC.  She has worked as a staff nurse in a variety of medical units at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC, St. Mary's Hospital in Huntington, WV, King's Daughter's Medical Center in Ashland, KY, and Sacred Heart Hospital and West Florida Regional Medical Center in Pensacola, FL.  Ms. Crum served as the Assistant Director of Nursing and Director of Staff Development at America Putnam Nursing Home in Charleston, WV.

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