Alcohol, Drugs, and Baby Boomers: Are you ready?

As the baby boomer generation ages, the impacts of alcohol and drug use among this generation will become an increasingly important public health issue. This 5-week course will provide primary care givers and health care providers with an overview of this looming issue and provide strategies for the prevention and reduction of substance use associated harm.

About The Course

ENROLLMENT OPTIONS

Those interested in participating in this course have three options:

  1. Free Enrollment:  Click “Sign Up” to enroll in course for FREE and earn a statement of accomplishment upon completion.
  2. Signature Track Enrollment:  Click “Signature Track” and follow the enrollment steps.  You will be required to pay a $39 non-refundable fee.  Upon course completion you will receive a verified certificate, which employers can search. What’s this?
  3. Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Credit:  For healthcare professionals interested in earning Continuing Nurse Education (CNE) contact hours you must:
  • Complete Signature Track enrollment. 
  • Complete registration process through Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. You will be required to pay an additional non-refundable fee of $60 in addition to the $39 fee for signature track. 

SIGNING UP FOR CNE CREDIT

If you’re interested in signing up for CNE Credit and have already signed up for Signature Track, click this link to register for CNE: https://www.regonline.com/babyboomersanddrugs

ABOUT THE COURSE

The proportion of the population that is over the age of 65 is growing globally. Those in the baby boomer cohort will soon all be age 50 or older.  Along with the increasing numbers in this older age cohort, there is a parallel upward trend of alcohol use and other drug use in older adults. As we age alcohol and other drug use places us at greater health related harm. This course provides the learner with an overview of the growing prevalence of at-risk substance use in older adults and strategies for the prevention and reduction of substance use associated harm. These strategies include an evidenced based approach called screening brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT). The course will provide information relevant to improving health and reducing substance use related harm for those who are older, their primary care givers and health care providers.   

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?

Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructors.

What resources will I need for this class?

Only a working computer and internet connection.

What is Continuing Nurse Education (CNE)?  

Per the American Nurse Credentialing Center, CNE activities are intended to build upon the educational and experiential bases of the professional RN for the enhancement of practice, education, administration, research, or theory development, to the end of improving the health of the public and RNs pursuit of their professional career goals.

What is the value of CNE? 

It provides an opportunity for professional development and lifelong learning.

I'm not a nurse, but CNE is offered for this course. Should I sign up for CNE?

Check with your professional organization to determine if it accepts ANCC contact hours.

Is CNE applicable to other professions?  

Check with your professional organization to determine if it accepts ANCC contact hours.

Does CNE apply to international audiences?

The ANCC is internationally recognized.  Check with your international licensing board to determine if it accepts ANCC contact hours.

Will my state accept CNE provided through the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing?

"The IJHN is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation”.  The ANCC is recognized domestically and internationally.

Does CNE expire?  

Contact hours do not expire per se, but check with your professional organization regarding its required time frame for completion of CNE for licensing.

If I don't complete this course, will I be given partial credit?

The course must be completed in its entirety including the final evaluation in order to receive contact hours. The fee paid to the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing is not refundable. 


Recommended Background

This material is appropriate for anyone interested in the issue of substance use and health as we age. Material is relevant to health professionals, students in the health professions, or families and loved ones of older adults whose substance use may be placing them at risk. No special background is required other than knowledge of English.