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8th Edition of Nursing World Conference

October 17-19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA

October 17 -19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA
NWC 2017

Doris Burkey

Speaker at Nursing Conferences - Doris Burkey
Shepherd University, United States
Title : Caring for the person addicted to opioids: The DNP role


The purpose of this oral presentation is to determine whether an educational intervention improves DNP nurses’ attitudes of caring for patients with opioid addiction. The specific aim of this study is to determine if there a difference in nurses’ attitudes towards persons with opioid addictions after an educational intervention. In 2012, an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States experienced substance use disorders related to prescription opioid analgesics and an estimated 467,000 were addicted to heroin (SAMHSA, 2012). In addition, 1 out of 5 patients with non-cancer pain or pain-related diagnoses are prescribed opioids (CDC, 2015). West Virginia leads the nation in the rate of fatal drug overdoses (WVDHHR, 2015). DNP Nurses are currently caring for persons with acute and chronic health issues and co-existing opioid addiction. As a result of this opioid epidemic, acute care agencies are experiencing an increase in persons admitted with comorbid substance dependence. With frequent hospitalizations patients require complex care for the associated comorbidities such as infections, withdrawal symptoms and/or mental illnesses. As a foundation of nursing practice, a therapeutic relationship addresses patient problems by creating a partnership between nurse and patient, using therapeutic communication and empathy. Limited research exists on DNP student attitudes about caring for persons with opioid addiction during this current opioid epidemic. An evidence-based educational intervention to define the epidemiology of opioid abuse, recognize addiction as a disease with consequences and apply screening brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) to clinical case scenarios with reflection on the experience of opioid addiction will be presented. The findings of this study will provide a better understanding of DNP nurses’ attitudes towards persons with opioid addiction to then design changes in DNP curriculums.

Audience Take Away:

• Participants will describe ways the DNP uses therapeutic relationship to care for persons addicted to opioids.

• Education on drug addiction for the DNP will be described

• Screening, brief intervention and referral for treatment training based on the therapeutic relationship will be introduced

• New information on the role of the DNP creating a therapeutic alliance will be discussed.


Doris Burkey has been a nurse for 36 years and a Family Nurse Practitioner for 14 of those years. She practices at Tri-State Community Health Center, a rural community primary care practice, in Berkeley Springs, WV. Her current position is Assistant Professor/Coordinator of the DNP/FNP Track Program at Shepherd University. Dr. Burkey graduated with an MS/FNP from the University of Maryland and her DNP from West Virginia University. Dr. Burkey has been active as a member of the West Virginia Board of Nursing, since 2015. Her current professional interests include opioid addiction and women’s health.