SBIRT* Teaching Resources

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

More than half (52%) of Americans aged 12 or older report being current drinkers of alcohol, 27% report current use of a tobacco product, and 9% report illicit drug use (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA], 2013). 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 are not yet dependent on those substances. Any level of drinking or drug use may complicate an individual’s health condition, work, and family life (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS], 2013). SBIRT is an approach nurses can use to provide effective risk reduction and intervention prior to a patient’s need for more extensive treatment.

The Substance Use Education for Nurses: SBIRT curriculum has been used to successfully train over 500 undergraduate student nurses at the University of Pittsburgh. We provide the following resources to you free of charge with the hope you will utilize them in training and education of student and professional nurses, along with other healthcare professionals.

  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

Handouts

Resources

An Addiction Training for Nurses (SBIRT) online module has also been created for use in training faculty, clinical preceptors, and professional nurses. Read more information on this 1.5 contact hour online module.

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 Office of Technology Management 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