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Nurse’s Role in Caring for Children of Parents With Opioid Use Disorder

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Nurses practicing in an array of settings encounter children who are experiencing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). An estimated 2.3 million individuals in the United States have an opioid use disorder (OUD) (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration [SAMHSA], 2018), many of whom are parents. Growing up with a parent who has an OUD is an adverse childhood experience. Nurses are in an optimal position to assess the needs of and intervene with these children. Such interventions can range from educating the child about OUD to rallying for policy change for this population of children.

This teaching strategy centers on a case study of a 10-year-old boy named Camden. Students will conduct a biopsychosocial assessment of Camden, assess Camden for abuse, and develop a concept map identifying Camden’s stressors.

The Nurse’s Role in Caring for Children of Parents With Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)

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