Nursing Grand Rounds: Ending the Crisis: Opioids, Addiction, and Nursing's Frontline Role

This course will provide statistics about the opioid epidemic, outline safe opioid prescribing practices, provide the biology behind addiction, compare different treatment strategies, and provide tools to manage hostile patient encounters with opioids.

Target Audience

This CNE course is designed for RNs, LPNs, social workers, and healthcare professionals in all practice settings.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Review the evolving statistics surrounding the Opioid Epidemic
  • Discuss the role of over-prescribing in opioid-related complications
  • Understand safe opioid prescribing and administration practices
  • Analyze the biology that drives addiction
  • Compare the different treatment strategies for Opioid Use Disorder
  • Discover tools manage hostile patient encounters with opioids

Attendance at any Mayo Clinic course does not indicate or guarantee competence or proficiency in the skills, knowledge or performance of any care or procedure(s) which may be discussed or taught in this course.


Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 ANCC
  • 1.25 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

This course will be presented via a recorded presentation.


Holly Geyer, MD, FASAM
Consultant, Hospitalist
Hospital Internal Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, AZ

Course Director
Denise Rismeyer, MSN, RN, NPD-BC
Nursing Education Specialist-Continuing Nursing Education Program
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
Department of Nursing
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Credit Statements

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.25 ANCC contact hours. 

Other Healthcare Professionals
A record of attendance will be provided to all registrants for requesting credits in accordance with state nursing boards, specialty societies or other professional associations.

Available Credit

  • 1.25 ANCC
  • 1.25 Attendance
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