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D.I.R.E.C.T. Drug Impairment Recognition and Educational Community Training

By Lori Harmon, MSN, RN, NCSN posted 05-24-2023 15:25


Assessment of the Drug-Impaired Student in the School Setting

Do you see substance abuse in your school? Are you asked to assess students that are thought to be drug impaired? Do you feel confident and prepared to do the physical assessment? Are you worried about the rising Fentanyl crisis? Choose our breakout session at In-Person NASN2023 to learn more about assessing students in the educational setting.

Drug Impairment Recognition and Educational Community Training (D.I.R.E.C.T.) developed by Lori Harmon and Tammy Holley, veteran school nurses, for school nurses to use in the educational setting to assess and document when a student is thought to be under the influence of a substance.  This interactive and educational program reviews the seven categories of drugs, their common uses, signs and symptoms, and assessment findings.  We will discuss slang terminology, common ways adolescents use substances in school, and current trends.  A Nurse Assessment and Interview Form will be provided to nurses attending this session and a comprehensive review of how to use the tool will also be provided.  A discussion will be held regarding the disposition of students who are under the influence. This session will have an interactive assessment component and scenarios to work through as a group.  A question and answer session will be held at the end of the session.

Come participate in this fun and interactive session, on Sunday, July 2 at 11:00 am, which will help prepare you to assess and care for the drug-impaired student.