Nurses' training on dealing with alcohol and drug abuse: a question of necessity

Treinamento em álcool e drogas para enfermeiros: uma questão de necessidade

Sandra Cristina Pillon Margarita Antonia Villar Luis Ronaldo Laranjeira About the authors

The purpose of this article is to present a brief review on the need for changes in nurses' undergraduate education concerning alcohol and drugs. Specialized literature makes it clear that nurses have difficulties giving care to psychoactive substance users as part of their functions in the various health care sites. This may be associated with a deficiency in formal education. In the face of the social importance concerning these related questions in the scope of research, care, and education, we made an attempt at deepening the study on this theme, which could contribute to changes in practice, care, and undergraduate nursing education.

Education; Nurses; Alcohol; Drugs

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