curriculum, nursing education, primary prevention, Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), substance use



  1. Finnell, Deborah S. DNS, RN, FAAN
  2. Savage, Christine L. PhD, RN, FAAN
  3. Hansen, Bryan R. PhD, RN
  4. Sanchez, Michael DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC, AAHIVS
  5. White, Kathleen M. PhD, RN, FAAN
  6. Johnson, J. Aaron PhD
  7. Seale, J. Paul MD


Various factors have compelled nurse educators to address the lack of substance use-related content in nursing curriculum. Initiatives to add this content are often met with resistance because of an already crowded curriculum. This article describes a 4-phase process that guided the integration of this specialty content into a prelicensure nursing curriculum and a master's level advanced practice nursing curriculum. Lessons learned and recommendations from those experiences are provided to guide nurse educators undertaking similar efforts.