Buprenorphine in the Inpatient Setting: What the Direct Care Nurse Should Know

Facilitator(s): Michelle Ann Dedeo, DNP, RN, CNS, ACCNS-AG, CCRN

Contact Hours 1.25
CERP A 1.25
Philadelphia Conference
Date Tuesday 5/23/2023
Time 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM ET
Room 113A
Available On Demand
From Monday 6/12/2023
To Tuesday 10/31/2023

Session Summary

Opioid addiction and dependence are growing in the United States. Understanding the current evidence and best practices for delivery of safe patient care in the inpatient setting is vital for direct care nurses assessing and managing addiction and withdrawal. Evidence-based opiate withdrawal scales are reviewed and case studies are incorporated to support education and learning for direct care nurses working with this patient population.


  • Describe properties of buprenorphine and priorities for safe nursing practice.
  • Identify evidence-based practices for assessment of opiate withdrawal.
  • Review the pathophysiology and safe nursing care for opiate addiction and withdrawal.
Topics Behavioral/Psychosocial, Medication Management
Population Adult, Pediatric
Role Staff

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