Changing nurse practitioner students’ perceptions regarding substance use disorder

Published: 16 February 2021| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/4pk5fwybzd.1
Mary Ellen Wright,
, Margie Stevens, Alain Litwin


Nurse practitioners, like other healthcare professionals, are serving an increased number of individuals and families affected by substance use disorder (SUD), in a variety of healthcare settings. There is limited information on the gains in knowledge, attitudes/beliefs, confidence, skills post education on SUD. The presented research data demonstrates significant positive changes (p<.05) in 33 out of 44 items on the Substance Use Disorder, Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs Survey, after nurse practitioner students experience education for medicine assisted treatment for opioid use disorder leading to waiver certification.


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A quasi-experimental pre/post interventional study was the design of the study. A group of nurse practitioner students in their last semester of their graduate program were offered medicine assisted therapy education regarding opioid use disorder for waiver certification. A pre-test was administered before the training and a post-test administered after the training using an original Substance Use Disorder, Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs Survey. Cronbach’s alpha computations were performed with pre-training coefficients ranging from .764 to .974 and post-training coefficients ranging from .843 to .988.


University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville Campus, Clemson University


Addiction, Substance Abuse and Dependence, Perinatal Addiction, Nurse Practitioner Education, Drug Addiction