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Caring for Young Children Exposed to Marijuana

Ruiz, Natasha M. MSN, RN, CEN; Shapiro, Susan E. PhD, RN, FAAN

Section Editor(s): Howard, Patricia Kunz PhD, RN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN, NE-BC, FAEN, FAAN; Column Editors; Shapiro, Susan E. PhD, RN, FAAN; Column Editors

Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal: January/March 2017 - Volume 39 - Issue 1 - p 3–9
doi: 10.1097/TME.0000000000000130
Research to Practice

This article reviews the research report, Marijuana Exposure Among Children Younger Than Six Years in the United States (B. Onders, M. Casavant, H. Spiller, T. Chounthirath, & G. Smith, 2016), and, using a case study approach, applies the findings to advanced practice registered nurses. B. Onders et al. (2016) extracted data from the National Poison Data System showing an increasing trend in marijuana exposure in children, especially in states where marijuana has been legalized for either medicinal use or recreational use. Advanced practice registered nurses need to be comfortable recognizing and managing marijuana intoxication in the pediatric population, as well as educating parents in providing safe environments for their children.

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

Corresponding Author: Natasha M. Ruiz, MSN, RN, CEN, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, 1520 Clifton Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30030 (

Disclosure: The authors report no conflicts of interest.

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