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Brandman joins APRN and AACN in opioid abuse education effort

May 03, 2016 by Brandman University

As part of  academic nursing’s ongoing efforts to combat prescription drug and opioid abuse across the United States, Brandman University is proud to announce that it has committed to educating its advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) students on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The commitment was featured in a White House fact sheet as part of the White House Champions of Change event on Advancing Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery. Last month, the Administration asked the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) member schools with APRN programs to partner on this initiative.

“Brandman University recognizes that opioid abuse is a pressing public health crisis, and it is critical that students receive education on current standards,” said Dr. Tyke Hanisch, dean of the Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions at Brandman University.

AACN’s President and CEO Deborah Trautman, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, will offer remarks at White House to recognize the 191 AACN member nursing schools that have taken this pledge.

“AACN is proud of the rapid response by our membership when the Administration called to help ensure future generations of providers who prescribe opioids for chronic pain are prepared for the critical work ahead,” said Trautman. “We commend academic nursing’s dedication to ensuring our nation’s future providers are prepared to address opioid abuse and overdose using best practices.”

For a complete list of AACN member schools who have pledged, visit

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