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  1. Kane, Irene PhD, RN, CNAA, HFS
  2. Mitchell, Ann M. PhD, RN, FAAN
  3. Puskar, Kathryn R. DrPH, FAAN
  4. Hagle, Holly PhD
  5. Talcott, Kimberly MPA
  6. Fioravanti, Marie DNP, RN
  7. Droppa, Mandy MSN(c)
  8. Luongo, Peter F. PhD, LCSW-C
  9. Lindsay, Dawn PhD


Alcohol use and other drug use affect patient healthcare outcomes. This article describes a classroom-to-clinical approach teaching nursing students to utilize motivational interviewing techniques to support patient behavior change. Through the lens of a universal prevention method, nursing students learned about reward circuit activation leading to risky substance use and the difference between addiction and at-risk use. Specific assessment tools and motivational interviewing techniques were presented in the classroom. Students then applied their knowledge in simulation laboratories and clinical rotations.