University of Portland’s School of Nursing takes pledge on opioid education in national effort to combat prescription drug and opioid abuse

(Portland, OR ) - As part of  academic nursing’s ongoing efforts to combat prescription drug and opioid abuse across the United States, the University of Portland’s School of Nursing is proud to announce that it has committed to educating its advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) students on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The commitment was featured in a White House fact sheet today as part of the White House Champions of Change event on Advancing Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery. Earlier this month, the Administration asked the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) member schools with APRN programs to partner on this initiative. The University of Portland recognizes that opioid abuse is a pressing public health crisis, and it is critical that APRN students receive education on current standards.

Today, AACN’s President and CEO Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN, will offer remarks at White House to recognize the 191 AACN member nursing schools that have taken this pledge.

“AACN is proud of the rapid response by our membership when the Administration called to help ensure future generations of providers who prescribe opioids for chronic pain are prepared for the critical work ahead,” said Dr. Trautman. “We commend academic nursing’s dedication to ensuring our nation’s future providers are prepared to address opioid abuse and overdose using best practices.”

"We are honored to be a part of this critical initiative,” said Joane Moceri, dean of the University of Portland’s School of Nursing. “Given the knowledge and passion of our educators and the compassion and intellect of our students, facilitating the implementation of the CDC guidelines will be a natural outgrowth of our ongoing work within the School of Nursing.”

“The University of Portland School of Nursing makes a strong commitment to ensuring our future baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral nurses have the clinical and behavioral skills they need to implement the guidelines put forth by the CDC”, noted Assistant Professor Lindsay Lancaster, PhD, RN, who will lead the University’s efforts in the SON. “Actualizing these guidelines in practice necessitates nurses who understand the ethical obligations of providing holistic care to individuals with persistent pain; care that addresses the biospsychocial consequences of persistent pain through the use of evidence based non-pharmacological non-opioid pharmacological interventions.

‘Embedding into our future nurses the values of patient centered care that relies on personalized treatment goals to guide decisions about treatment progression will ensure a treatment trajectory that best meets the needs and safety of the patient.”

For a complete list of AACN member schools who have pledged, visit:

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