This course offers nurses
an overview of how substance abuse affects adolescent health care. The content
is designed to promote awareness of current drug and alcohol consumption parameters
and rising trends. Emphasis is placed on nursing assessment and prioritization
of needs preliminary to appropriate care.
Upon completion of this
course, participants will be able to:
- Recognize the factors
that make the topic of street drugs so emotionally intense.
- Compare the drug influence
on adolescent behavior from past decades to today.
- Define "drugwise"
and tell why it is a survival skill.
- Identify the effects
of popular street drugs today.
- Recognize the problems
of poly drug use in youth.
- Explain the relationship
between mental illness and drug use.
- Describe risk-taking
as a developmental task.
- Differentiate a temporary
drug-related psychosis from a true psychosis.
- Understand the possible
consequences of failure to illicit information about drug use.
- Know the legalities for
juveniles regarding healthcare related to drug problems.