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Substance Use Education in Schools of Nursing

A Systematic Review of the Literature

Smothers, Zachary MBS; Reynolds, Victoria PharmD; McEachern, Mark MLIS; Derouin, Anne L. DNP, RN, CPNP, FAANP; Carter, Brigit M. PhD, RN, CCRN; Muzyk, Andrew PharmD

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000449
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The authors systematically reviewed the nursing literature for articles describing substance use disorders (SUDs) education in schools of nursing. Five literature databases were searched, producing 3107 retrieved articles, of which 12 were included in this review. A Medical Education Research Study Quality Instrument score was calculated for each study. The included studies demonstrated that teaching nursing students about SUDs produced a positive impact on their attitudes, knowledge, and skills.

Author Affiliations: Medical Student (Mr Smothers), Bass Connections, Duke University School of Medicine; and Pharmacist (Dr Reynolds) and Associate Professor (Dr Muzyk), Department of Pharmacy, Duke University Hospital, Durham, North Carolina; Informationist (Mr McEachern), Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and Associate Professor (Drs Derouin and Carter), Duke University School of Nursing, Durham; and Associate Professor (Dr Muzyk), Department of Pharmacy Practice, Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Buies Creek, North Carolina.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Muzyk, PO Box 3089-Pharmacy, Durham, NC 27710 (

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Accepted for publication: July 16, 2017

Published ahead of print: August 29, 2017

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