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ASAN Summer Webinar Series

ASAN is offering an 8 week summer webinar series focusing on Addictions Learning. Webinars will be held each Tuesday at 7pm Eastern, beginning on July 6 and continuing through August 24.

The series is free to all who wish to attend and offers up to 8 Nursing CEs (pending approval with California Board of Nursing). Registration is required and you only need to sign up once. All sessions will be recorded and archived for viewing if attendees are unable to participate in the live sessions.

  • CE is available for recorded or live sessions.
  • Attendees must complete the session survey to be eligible to receive CEs.
  • Attendees will receive a certificate of completion at the end of each session.

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Schedule

Tuesday, July 6
Week 1

(all times are Eastern)

7pm - 8pm
CE: 1.00


Theoretical Framework for Addictions Nursing, Counseling and Education


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  • Al Rundio, PhD, DNP, RN, APRN, NEA-BC, FNAP, FIAAN, FAAN, AACN/Wharton Fellow, Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine, London, UK

Learner Objectives:

  1. Discuss one theoretical framework for addictions nursing, counseling and education.
  2. Explain the major components of Motivational Interviewing.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Rundio has held various faculty positions in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has taught across the curriculum in BSN Programs and Graduate Nursing Programs. He currently is a Clinical Professor of Nursing at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. He practices part-time in a chemical dependency treatment center in southern New Jersey. An experienced clinician, administrator, and educator, Dr. Rundio is the former Associate Dean for Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer at Drexel University and the former Vice President of Nursing at Shore Memorial Hospital (now Shore Medical Center), Somers Point, New Jersey. Dr. Rundio was awarded the Governor’s Nursing Merit Award for Advanced Practice Nursing in New Jersey in 1999 by Governor Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey. He received the DON award from the Institute Foundation of Nursing on October 24, 2012 for positively impacting nursing in New Jersey. Dr. Rundio was inducted into the National Academies of Practice in 1999; the International Academy of Addictions Nursing in 2014 and the American Academy of Nursing in 2015. Dr. Rundio is a 2017 AACN/Wharton Fellow. Dr. Rundio is a Past President of the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA). Dr. Rundio was recently appointed Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice. Dr. Rundio is the editor and author of 10 books and many journal articles on addictions, nursing and nursing administration. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Addictions Nursing. Dr. Rundio consults too many health systems on nursing administration, research and evidence-based practice, and addictions. He resides in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey with his wife, Sadie, his grandson, Gunnar, and his two Papillion dogs, Luke and Logan.

Tuesday, July 13
Week 2

(all times are Eastern)

7pm - 8pm
CE: 1.00

The Neurobiology of Addiction and Pharmacological Concepts


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  • William J. Lorman, RN, JD, PhD, MSN, PMHNP-BC, NCPsyA, FAAN; Insight Psychological Services; Willow Grove, Pennsylvania

This presentation reviews the neurobiological theories regarding the onset and maintenance of the addictive process.  We review descriptors related to addiction and its treatment.  We also examine issues related to the intoxication and withdrawal syndromes for alcohol and opiates.

Learner Objectives:

  1. Describe the final common pathway for reward and pleasure.
  2. Define the term Tolerance as it relates to drug addiction.
  3. Describe contemporary theories/models of drug addiction.

Presenter Bio:

As a nurse executive and practitioner, I have made an enduring impact on patients suffering from addiction. I have held multiple leadership positions in the International Nurses Society on Addictions including the role of President-Elect and President. I have provided vision and support to the nurses in the state of Pennsylvania through my work with the Pennsylvania Peer Assistance Program for Nurses (PNAP) as President, and Chair of the Board of Directors and currently as a member of the board. Through my organizational leadership, I have established international and state guidelines and policies related to care of individuals with addictions, including nurses themselves with addictions. I have provided addiction treatment education to undergraduate and graduate nursing students at Drexel University in my role as a part-time faculty member and also, when requested, at other universities as a visiting lecturer. I have conducted webinars, and presentations on “Addictions Treatment, Pharmacology, Neurobiology,” and other topics related to addictions, thus educating thousands of nurses. Believing that all nurses are addictions' nurses and critical to the treatment of addictions, I work with area hospitals to present sessions pertaining to the identification, screening, brief interventions and referral to appropriate treatment along with de-escalating techniques when facing the aggressive and challenging patient.  Currently, I maintain a private practice providing treatment to patients with general psychiatric disorders and substance use disorders.  I provide psychopharmacologic and psychotherapeutic interventions including Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).

Tuesday, July 20
Week 3

(all times are Eastern)

7pm - 8pm
CE: 1.00

Alcohol Substance Use Disorder


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  • William P. Carrick, RN, BSN, MSN, CARN; Executive Home Detox; Massachusetts

In keeping with the theme of Addiction 101: This webinar will be an introduction to Alcohol Use Disorders. A brief history of “alcoholism” and alcohol use disorder will be reviewed in relation to a societal and clinical perspective leading up to the current clinical and societal perspectives of alcohol use. A continuum of alcohol use disorder will be discussed from the minimum criteria for AUD to the criteria for alcohol withdrawal and further to life threatening medical conditions resulting from alcohol use. Basic treatment options and available client tools will be discussed.

Learner Objectives:

  1. Identify two DSM V diagnostic criteria for Alcohol Use Disorder.
  2. Describe three signs or symptoms of Alcohol Intoxication.
  3. Identify at least one example of autonomic hyperactivity that may be seen in an alcohol withdrawal.

Presenter Bio:

Bill Carrick is a Certified Addictions Registered Nurse. An RN since 1981 with a focus on Mental Health and Substance Use Nursing since 1983. He received his CARN in 2009. He has inpatient experience with withdrawal management and medical detoxification as a staff nurse, nurse manager and program director. And experience in outpatient detox for the past fifteen years as the founder of Executive Recovery Coach, Inc., Executive Home Detox®. He has been alcohol free for the past 34 years and is familiar with self-help programs.

Tuesday, July 27
Week 4

(all times are Eastern)

7pm - 8pm
CE: 1.00

Opioid Disorders: Options for Treatment of Individuals with Opiate Use Disorders

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  • Connie C. Mele, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CARN-AP, NE-BC, LCAS, FIAAN; CCM Counseling, PLLC; Charlotte, North Carolina
This webinar will discuss the disease process for those with an opioid addiction. Discuss how the opioid epidemic developed and what impact the pandemic had on opioid disorders. Medication assisted treatment as well as other treatment options will be described.

Learner Objectives:
  1. Understand the disease process of opioid addiction.
  2. Describe the opioid epidemic.
  3. Discuss the impact of the pandemic on opioid disorders.
  4. Understand the medications used for medication assisted treatment as well as other treatment options. 

Presenter Bio:

Connie Mele, a Psychiatric-Mental Health Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), spent her more than 30 years in the field working to advance the treatment of addiction. In 2015 she was selected as  1 of 25 nurses from across the Country as a Robert Wood Johnson Public Health Nurse Leader due to her work on integration of physical and behavioral health issues.  Among her numerous accomplishments providing treatment to patients and teaching new PMH nursing students, Connie also stepped forward to address the challenges facing inmates struggling with mental health issues. She has received numerous awards during her career and is a certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric and Addictions Nursing. She is licensed as a Clinical Addiction Specialist in NC where she helped the Board develop a Deemed Status process for nurses who were already credentialed in Addictions Nursing. She was inducted as a Fellow in the International Academy of Addictions Nursing. She has presented numerous workshops on Addiction in Nursing, Stress Management, Co-Occurring Disorders, Trauma, Healthy Nursing and Working Effectively with the Substance Use Disorder Patient. She retired in 2018 as the Assistant Public Health Director for Mecklenburg County (Charlotte, NC). She has now opened her own counseling  and consulting practice working with people and healthcare practitioners who suffer from addictions as well as other life issues. She developed a Leadership Development Program based on her 20+ years of leadership in non- profit and government sectors. She continues to work on improving the health of nurses in Mecklenburg County as a continuation of her RWJ program Public Health Nurse Program, believing that nurses can have positive impacts on the health of their communities while also improving their own health. 


Tuesday, August 3
Week 5

(all times are Eastern)

7pm - 8pm
CE: 1.00

Stimulant & Other Substance Use Disorders

Tuesday, August 10
Week 6

(all times are Eastern)

7pm - 8pm
CE: 1.00

Basic Toxicology Interpretation for Addiction Nursing

  • James L. Ferguson, DO, DFASAM, C-MRO; Medical Director, Recovery Management Services, FSSolutions, Inc; Chalfont, Pennsylvania


Learner Objectives:

  1. Discuss the matrix differences (Urine, Oral fluid, Hair, Nail).
  2. Describe how results from different specimen relate to each other.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Ferguson is the Medical Director of FSSolutions Recovery Management Solutions. He serves as Chairman of the Medical Review Officer Certification Council and is a former member of the SAMHSA Drug Testing Advisory Board (DTAB). Dr. Ferguson was the course director for the American Society of Addiction Medicine Comprehensive MRO Training Course until 2013 and currently teaches MRO Training through the American Osteopathic College of Occupational and Preventive Medicine (AOCOPM). He is also a member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) MRO Training faculty. Dr. Ferguson is the author of “The MRO Team Manual,” co-author of the “MRO chapters of the Principles of Addiction Medicine” and the “Handbook of Workplace Drug Testing”. He is a consultant to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Division of Workplace Programs (DWP) and was instrumental in the development of the National MRO Database Project. He also served as a member of the industry based Oral Fluid Advisory Board. Dr. Ferguson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and his Doctor of Osteopathy from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1981 and received his postgraduate training in Osteopathic affiliated hospitals in Washington State. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine Dr. Ferguson is certified by the National Board of Osteopathic Examiners, and the Medical Review Officer Certification Council. He practiced addiction medicine, general and emergency medicine in Washington State for 13 years and spent 2  years in the Public Health Service in Sandstone Minnesota.

Tuesday, August 17
Week 7

(all times are Eastern)

7pm - 8pm
CE: 1.00

Common Psychiatric Disorders

Tuesday, August 24
Week 8

(all times are Eastern)

7pm - 8pm
CE: 1.00

Holistic Addiction Treatment Services

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