A Resource for Healthcare and Social Services Professionals
February 15, 2024
12:00 pm–4:00 pm ET
This 8-hour course (offered in two 4-hour parts) will prepare nurses and medical staff to manage office-based addiction treatment with buprenorphine and naltrexone.
This course is intended to prepare nurses and key multidisciplinary care team members to deliver medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) using a chronic care management model. Topics include neurobiology and physiology of addiction, pharmacotherapy of medications for opioid and alcohol use disorders, and practical tools to implement treatment modalities in an office-based setting as part of a comprehensive care team.
Nurses and clinical staff providing treatment for substance use disorders in an office-based setting.
Attendance is required for all OBAT nurses and MAs who work in a DPH/BSAS-funded STATE OBAT program. All others are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Brittany (Britt) is a clinical nurse educator for Boston Medical Center's Grayken Center for Addiction Training and Technical Assistance. After starting her professional career at Boston Medical Center, she is thrilled to return to her roots supporting patients with substance use and caring for adolescent patients. She is a doctorally prepared, board-certified family nurse practitioner. Her passion is caring for youth and families, especially those with substance use disorder. Her clinical interests include adolescents/young adults, co-occurring mental health disorders, optimizing safety/overdose prevention, and improving continuity of care among DCF/DYS-involved youth. She has over a decade of experience working in addiction medicine from clinical operations to education/training. She pursued her DNP degree to continue to work to bring best practices into clinical care. Britt has published on various topics, including stigma for youth, caring for adolescents with substance use disorders and the role of addiction training for providers. She has also co-authored a book chapter on caring for adolescents with substance use. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and AMERSA (The Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance use and Addiction). She received her Doctor in Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master's in Nursing degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Graduate School of Nursing. She also has a Master's in Medical Science from Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine.Vanessa Loukas, MSN, FNP-C, CARN-AP (she/her)
Vanessa is a clinical nurse educator for Boston Medical Center's Grayken Center for Addiction Training and Technical Assistance, an assistant professor of medicine at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, and a nurse practitioner at Boston Medical Center. She has expertise in managing substance use disorders, co-occurring psychiatric conditions, and infectious diseases in primary care settings. Her clinical interests include harm reduction, low-barrier treatment, medical addiction groups, and improving care for persons involved in the criminal-legal system. Through her primary role on the Grayken TTA team, Vanessa contributes to peer-reviewed publications, evidence-based clinical guidelines, development and delivery of continuing education programs, and other resources for providers supporting patients with substance use disorders. Prior to joining the Grayken TTA team, Vanessa practiced as a nurse practitioner and was the program director for the addiction treatment program at the South End Community Health Center, caring for high-risk patients with substance use disorders and psychiatric diagnoses. Her work integrated harm reduction, on-demand treatment, infectious disease treatment, and medical addiction groups including within the male/female re-entry/recovery units at the Suffolk County House of Corrections. Vanessa received her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Simmons University and is a Certified Addiction Registered Nurse – Advanced Practice (CARN-AP) through the Addictions Nursing Certification Board (ANCB).Nancy Regan, MSN, FNP, CNM, CARN-AP (she/her)
Nancy is a clinical nurse educator for Boston Medical Center's Grayken Center for Addiction Training and Technical Assistance, where she contributes to the development and delivery of continuing education programs, peer-reviewed publications, evidence-based clinical guidelines, and other resources for providers supporting patients with substance use disorders. Nancy is also a nurse practitioner, board certified in both family medicine and midwifery with over a decade of experience working in addiction treatment. Prior to joining the Grayken TTA team, Nancy held a position as director of the substance use disorder program at the Community Health Center of Cape Cod, where she maintains clinical practice. Nancy began her career in a community health center in South Boston managing a wide range of pediatric, prenatal, and adult patients. She later transitioned to addiction medicine at High Point Treatment Center in Jamaica Plain where she worked in an acute treatment setting of medically supervised detoxification and treated acute and chronic medical issues on a Crisis Stabilization Services Unit. Nancy also participated in the HEALing Communities Study — a multi-state study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse aimed at reducing overdose deaths — as a lead community partner, facilitating treatment on demand and engaging and empowering other community providers. She received her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in 2011 from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions and her Master of Science in Nursing Midwifery in 2017 from Frontier Nursing University. She also holds certification as a Certified Addiction Registered Nurse – Advanced Practice (CARN-AP) through the Addictions Nursing Certification Board (ANCB).
Following this training, attendees will have the knowledge necessary to:
Boston Medical Center Grayken Center for Addiction Training and Technical Assistance, Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (DPH/BSAS)
Funding for out of state attendees is provided by the Opioid Response Network (ORN).
Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79TI083343 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
REQUIREMENTS for credit
This is a two-part training. You must attend both parts 1 & 2 to be eligible for credit or a certificate of completion.
Please note this policy is strictly enforced for accreditation purposes. Participants will forfeit collection of credit and certificates of completion if more than 10 minutes of the training is missed.
Joint Accreditation Statement for Nursing and Social Work
In support of improving patient care, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine 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.
Nursing Contact Hours: 7.75 contact hours, of which 4.00 are eligible for pharmacology credit.
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. Social workers completing this course receive 8.00 general continuing education credits.
Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC)
BMC Grayken Center of Addiction TTA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7188. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. BMC Grayken Center of Addiction TTA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. For this program, 8.00 contact hours will be offered to participants who attend the training and complete the evaluation.
Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADC/CADC)
Grayken Center for Addiction TTA is approved to offer LADC/CADCs who complete this course 8.00 general continuing education credits.
Grayken Center for Addiction TTA is approved to offer recovery coaches who complete this course 8.00 general continuing education credits.
Continuing education (CE) requirements vary by license and jurisdiction. When requesting continuing education credits, please ensure you are following the rules and regulations determined by the board regulating your license. Boston Medical Center Grayken Center for Addiction TTA does not oversee adherence to licensing requirements and regulations.
THIS CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM IS INTENDED SOLELY FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES FOR QUALIFIED HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS. IN NO EVENT SHALL BOSTON UNIVERSITY BE LIABLE FOR ANY DECISION MADE OR ACTION TAKEN IN RELIANCE ON THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE PROGRAM. IN NO EVENT SHOULD THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE PROGRAM BE USED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL CARE. NO PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP IS BEING ESTABLISHED. IN NO EVENT SHOULD INFORMATION IN THE MATERIALS REGARDING LAWS, REGULATIONS, OR LEGAL LIABILITY BE CONSIDERED LEGAL ADVICE OR USED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR CONSULTING WITH AN ATTORNEY.