Husson University to Offer Nursing Course Focused on Opioids

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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Husson University's School of Nursing is adding a new course to its graduate program focused on opioids and addiction.

The course, titled 'Socio-Cultural Perception of Addiction and Population Health' will run this fall and will be required for graduate and post-master nursing degrees.

The course will teach students about at-risk populations, and social factors that may lead to addiction.

Donna Beuk, Chair of the School of Nursing says their clinical partners expressed a need for nurses with training about patients with opioid addiction...

"Everyone across the nation understands that there's an opioid addiction crisis that we're under and here in Maine we do have a higher percentage of addiction problems than others. So our community partners came together and were asking if we could develop a way to help the nurses that are practicing to be able to understand and help the person that has an addiction rather than thinking that they have to rehab them and get them completely over the addiction because that's not the role of the nurse especially in an acute care setting or in the community setting."

The course is the first of its kind in the state.