Cal State LA's School of Nursing takes pledge on opioid education as announced at the White House

As part of academic nursing’s ongoing efforts to combat prescription drug and opioid abuse across the United States, Cal State LA’s School of Nursing is proud to announce that it has committed to educating its advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) students on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The commitment was featured in a White House fact sheet today as part of the White House Champions of Change event on Advancing Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery.

Earlier this month, the White House Administration asked the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) member schools with APRN programs to partner on this initiative. Cal State LA’s School of Nursing recognizes that opioid abuse is a pressing public health crisis, and it is critical that APRN students receive education on current standards.

Today, AACN’s President and CEO Deborah Trautman, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, will offer remarks at White House to recognize the 191 AACN member nursing schools that have taken this pledge.

“AACN is proud of the rapid response by our membership when the Administration called to help ensure future generations of providers who prescribe opioids for chronic pain are prepared for the critical work ahead,” said Dr. Trautman. “We commend academic nursing’s dedication to ensuring our nation’s future providers are prepared to address opioid abuse and overdose using best practices.”

“Cal State LA School of Nursing is committed to providing students with the knowledge necessary to provide responsible, safe and appropriate medication administration,” said Dr. Gail Washington, associate director and chair of the University’s Master of Nursing program. 

Cal State LA’s nursing master’s degree program is ranked among the best nationally by the U.S. News & World Report 2016 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” edition.  The University’s School of Nursing is part of the College of Health and Human Services and has been operating for more than 60 years. It is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and received continuing accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a division of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

For a complete list of AACN member schools who have pledged, visit:

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