SBIRT* Teaching Resources

*Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

More than half (52.7%) of Americans aged 12 or older report being current drinkers of alcohol, 25.2% report current use of a tobacco product, and 10.2% report illicit drug use (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA], 2015). Nurses treating patients in a variety of healthcare settings will encounter individuals who use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a universal screening and prevention approach. An evidence-based practice, SBIRT targets individuals who use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs but do not meet criteria for a substance use disorder. Any level of drinking or drug use may complicate an individual’s health condition, work, and/or family life (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS], 2016). SBIRT is an approach nurses can use to provide effective risk reduction and intervention prior to a patient’s need for more extensive treatment.

SBIRT Teaching Resources

The Substance Use Education for Nurses: SBIRT Curriculum has been used to successfully train over 800 undergraduate student nurses at the University of Pittsburgh. The SBIRT for Nurse Practioner Students: Across the Lifespan has been used to successfully train over 550 graduate student nurses at the University of Pittsburgh. We provide the following resources with the hope you will utilize them to educate student and professional nurses, along with other healthcare professionals.

SBIRT for Undergraduate Nursing Students

  1. Trainer’s Manual
  2. Ring of Knowledge (ROK) Cards
  3. Substance Use Education for Nurses PowerPoint
  4. Substance Use Education for Nurses Handout
  5. Review/Refresher Powerpoint
  6. Review/Refresher Handout

SBIRT Teaching Resources and Handouts

Copyright and Funding for the Above Listed Materials

The Substance Use Education for Nurses: Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) manual and materials are made available to the public subject to the Creative Commons License. Accordingly, the manuals may be downloaded, duplicated, transmitted and otherwise distributed for educational or research purposes only, provided proper credits are given to the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.

Use of any of the Substance Use Education for Nurses manual or materials for commercial purposes is strictly forbidden without the permission or license of the University of Pittsburgh. For further information on commercial use of the manual or materials, contact the University of Pittsburgh’s Innovation Institute at 412-648-2206.

These resources were co-created by the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA) through funds from the Division of Nursing (DN), Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under grant number D11HP14629. 

Questions?  Contact Kathy Puskar, DrPH, RN, FAAN: (412) 624-5731 or Ann Mitchell, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN: (412) 624-9005