Educating Emergency Department Registered Nurses in Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment

Mitchel, A.M. et al. International Emergency Nursing. Published online: December 17 2016



  • SBIRT has been shown to be effective in reducing risky alcohol consumption.
  • Patients trust nurses, underscoring nurses’ ability to have a positive impact.
  • EDRNs can increase their knowledge and attitudes to routinely screen patients for risky substance use.
  • SBIRT training and educational reinforcement is key for continued implementation.

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A joint report between the RCN and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) makes recommendations for meeting increased demand.

RCN & RCEM. The Medicine Needed for the Emergency Care Service. Published online: 18 August 2016

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The Royal College of Emergency Medicine and the Royal College of Nursing today launch their report: The Medicine needed for the Emergency Care Service.

The pressure on the Emergency Care Service continues unabated and the service is at a crisis point. Growth in patient numbers is outpacing growth in the workforce and so the system has insufficient emergency physicians and emergency nurses. Crowded and chaotic departments are dangerous for patients and demoralising for staff.

A crisis summit was held between the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and the Royal College of Nursing to work together to develop some key recommendations to tackle the situation facing emergency medicine. These recommendations comprise ‘the medicine’ needed for emergency care:

  1. Education and Training: there needs to be (i) a commitment for both educational funding and provision of training time and (ii) an effective and realistic workforce planning strategy.
  2. The A&E hub: A&E should become a hub not a department. Within this hub the emergency department would be one, albeit key component.
  3. A new culture needs to accompany the Five year Forward View: the wider hospital system and the professionals working within it need to collaborate more deeply to support their patients.

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