Courses and Descriptions

NRSG-3902Understanding Substance Use Disorders: A Nursing Perspective

Drug and alcohol addiction is under-recognized from both a societal and health care perspective in Canada. Health care costs associated with the addictions are significant.  Nurses require more education regarding effective and humane approaches to recognizing and reducing the harm associated with these health issues. This course will examine drug and alcohol addiction from a chronic illness trajectory.  Content will include the neurobiology of addiction, the short and long term physical effects of drugs and alcohol; pertinent concepts associated with addiction & contemporary perspectives regarding treatment. The role of the individual nurse and the nursing profession in addressing this major health problem in modern society is discussed.   


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