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Nursing’s critical role in addressing the opioid crisis

The opioid epidemic is a complex, multi-faceted crisis in America, requiring the attention and focused effort of all segments of the provider community — including nursing. Nursing’s role is a critical one, as recognized at the highest levels of nursing professional bodies. Nurses at all levels see the potential and real impact of opioid abuse …

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Physicians: Playing multiple roles in the fight against opioid abuse

As physicians today, we find ourselves in an increasingly complex healthcare environment, one that requires us to juggle multiple roles and responsibilities. We have our patient care first and foremost, but we’re also often called on to be people managers, business owners, medical educators and even compliance officers. That juxtaposition of roles is never more …

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Physician assistants on the front line in the opioid epidemic

The role of physician assistants (PAs) within the healthcare landscape has grown increasingly important over the past several years. As PAs, we increase access to affordable, quality care for those who might otherwise go without, care for patients in every specialty and setting, and we often serve as frontline healthcare providers. It only stands to …

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Tough Talk: Initiating patient conversations about substance use disorder

As healthcare practitioners, we encounter substance use disorders (SUD) in the clinical setting on a daily basis – even though we may sometimes be unaware or even unable to adequately address the topic with our patients. We sometimes skirt the topic by asking the patient to “check a box” on a medical history form that …

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Healthcare providers invited to participate in free training pilot focusing on CDC guidelines for safe opioid prescribing and SAMHSA guidelines for substance abuse screening/brief intervention

Ascend Learning Clinical Healthcare has launched Insight to Action™, an innovative assessment and training program that educates healthcare providers on the latest clinical guidelines around opioid prescribing and substance abuse screening and brief intervention. These guidelines are integral to improving patient outcomes.  The Insight to Action Founding Partner free pilot program is now accepting participants …

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