An Education Program for Nurses

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Document Type

Major Paper


School of Nursing




Alcohol withdrawal is a common clinical condition with a variety of presentations, complications and morbidities. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), an estimated 17 million Americans, or one in every 12 adults, have an alcohol use disorder (AUD). An unanticipated hospital admission can precipitate alcohol withdrawal syndrome that can develop six hours after the cessation of alcohol. Early assessment of potential alcohol dependence, as well as symptoms of withdrawal and utilizing the CIWA tool, is important in identifying and managing this at risk population and reducing the potential incidence of complications. The purpose of this project was to develop and implement an educational program for nurses targeted at management of hospitalized adults with alcohol withdrawal through assessment skills and utilizing the CIWA protocol. The goal was to increase the nurses’ knowledge of assessing, monitoring and treating this patient population. A needs assessment was conducted and an online education program was developed based on a review of the literature and clinical experience. The project included a pre and post survey surrounding the education module, followed by a program evaluation. Results indicated higher scores on the post-survey suggesting an increase in nurses’ knowledge, awareness and skills related to managing AWS in hospitalized adults utilizing an online education program. The APRN is in the position to improve nursing practice through evidence-based best practice, an important element in improving patient outcomes and safety.

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Nursing Commons