Susanne Fogger attends SRBIRT conference
Approximately 30 representatives from 24 universities across the country, along with various consultants from national agencies, convened to discuss the importance of integrating SBIRT into nursing education fundamentals.
Fogger is confident that this training initiative will support increased awareness of alcohol use disorders and give nursing students the tools they need to assess and treat their patients appropriately.
"SBIRT will provide nurses a foundation to understand how they can best guide their patients to optimum health. This training will enable nurses to see the full picture," she said.
UAB is one of eight institutions working as part of the Southeastern Consortium for Substance Abuse Training – Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. As a result, the SBIRT curriculum has been added to existing curriculum and students are trained to conduct brief interventions at clinical sites. The three-year grant, funded by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), was awarded September 1, 2013 for a period of three years.