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The School of Nursing Takes Pledge on Opioid Education

As part of academic nursing’s ongoing efforts to combat prescription drug and opioid abuse across the United States, Widener University’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 as part of the White House Champions of Change event on Advancing Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery.

This spring, the Administration asked the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) member schools with APRN programs to partner on this initiative. Widener University recognizes that opioid abuse is a pressing public health crisis, and it is critical that APRN students receive education on current standards.

“It was important for the School of Nursing to join the pledge, it’s a national crisis and we are a part of raising awareness,” Dr. Laura Dzurec, dean of the School of Nursing, said. “Opioid abuse is a hidden epidemic throughout the United States. There is a need to educate more people on addiction. At Widener, we are committed to educating our APRN students regarding the CDC’s Guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain.”

Widener University is one of the 191 nursing schools that have taken the pledge this year.

“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,” Dr. Deborah Trautman, president and CEO of AACN, said. “We commend academic nursing’s dedication to ensuring our nation’s future providers are prepared to address opioid abuse and overdose using best practices.”

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

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del. are proud to be a tobacco-free. Visit the university website,