The University of Massachusetts Amherst


For National Alcohol Screening Day, Nurses Have the Power to Change Health 

AMHERST, Mass. –  Every year National Alcohol Screening Day raises awareness of the harmful effects of alcohol and drug abuse on individuals and families. As part of its new Power of Nursing to Change Health program, the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing is hosting a networking event with local area school nurses, school psychologists and nursing faculty on Tuesday, April 4 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the UMass Center at Springfield Tower Square.

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UMass Nursing Students Power Up Skills in Brief, Effective Substance Abuse Screening 

AMHERST, Mass. – As recreational marijuana use becomes legal in Massachusetts, researchers at theUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing are now training all student nurses in clinical techniques proven to be effective in speaking to clients about risky health behaviors and in collaborating on interventions.

The technique, known as “screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment” or SBIRT, assists healthcare workers in identifying underlying signs of substance abuse and provides early opportunities to intervene with individuals having problems. As they graduate this semester, 44 student nurses who learned SBIRT skills in the classroom with national expert Dr. Paul Grossberg are now practicing the technique in their clinical practice settings across the region.

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$870,000 Training Grant to Help UMass Amherst Nursing Program Tackle Substance Abuse and Mental Illness in the Community

AMHERST, Mass. – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst $870,000 to develop a program to train student nurses in screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT).

The project is one of only 12 to be funded nationally by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.

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