2015 Nurses and Opioid Treatment Programs

Saturday, March 28, 2015
1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Linda Burhans, PhD, North Carolina Board of Nursing, Wilson, NC


The team providing patient care at an Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) is typically composed of a variety of professionals fulfilling different roles. Nurses in OTPs conduct assessments, evaluations, render professional judgment, implement physician orders, administer medication, and participate on a multi-disciplinary team for obtaining desired patient outcomes.
OTPs are staffed by counselors, physicians, other professionals, and nurses. Nurses make up one of the largest professional groups employed in OTPs. This session will focus on understanding the scope of practice, particularly of Licensed Practical (or Vocational) Nurses (LPNs) in the OTP setting, and provide strategies for individual nurses to determine what may or may not be included in his or her job functions.

Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Please go to http://www.aatod.org/national-conference/2015-aatod-conference-atlanta/continuing-education-credit/ for more information on continuing education credits for each section of the website.

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