Dr. Mitchell is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Dr. Mitchell is currently the Project Director (PI) on two HRSA-funded grants designed to teach Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) to Emergency Department Registered Nurses (EDRN) and Interprofessional Groups of Anesthesia Students (InGAS). She is also funded by SAMHSA to integrate SBIRT training into the Nurse Practitioner curriculum, addressing substance use across the lifespan. Lastly, she is working with the CDC on two projects to incorporate Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention (Alcohol SBI) into nursing practice with the ultimate goal of preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).


Background Worldwide, over 3 million deaths result from harmful use of alcohol. Alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and misuse are a public health problem resulting in high healthcare and societal costs. This presentation will review the implementation of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) across multiple groups of students and settings. These include: an undergraduate nursing school curricula, five emergency departments, and within two advanced practice graduate nursing school curricula. Results of multiple measures including improvements in knowledge, skills, and attitudes will be presented. Methods A mixed-method approach was used to measure the effects of training and curriculum infusion of SBIRT into three nursing educational settings: undergraduate, professional continuing education, and advanced practice. Pre-to-post attitude surveys of nurses and nursing students towards working with individuals with alcohol or other drug problems were measured as well as knowledge post training. Results SBIRT training and education positively influenced participants attitudes towards working with individuals with alcohol or drug problems. SBIRT training and education had the most pronounced significant effect on indicators of Role Security, including role adequacy and role legitimacy (p<.05) across all types of settings. Effects on indicators of Therapeutic Commitment, including motivation and role support, varied depending upon setting. Knowledge surveys indicated a significant increase in post-training knowledge of SBIRT across all settings (p<.05). Conclusions SBIRT training and education infused into multiple settings has positive effects on nurses’ role adequacy, legitimacy, and work satisfaction. These results have policy implications, suggesting that training and educating nurses in an evidenced-based practice such as SBIRT can increase their role adequacy for providing care to individuals with alcohol and other drug use problems.