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Understanding Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS): Babies Addicted to Drugs

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Understanding Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS): Babies Addicted to Drugs
Danielle Leach

Author: Danielle E. Leach

Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a growing public health problem in the United States, as it is related to the opioid epidemic. NAS is the leading problem of medical and developmental issues in newborns and can have harmful long-term outcomes.  Nurses, especially those who frequently work with neonates and their mothers, need to be aware of this vulnerable population and the specific care that they need.  This course will examine the incidence of NAS, the clinical presentation, how to assess NAS, treatments, and long-term outcomes based on research and clinical practice guidelines.  

Course Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Incidence of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome 
  3. Clinical Presentation
    Neurological Symptoms
    Gastrointestinal Symptoms
    Autonomic Symptoms 
  4. Scoring NAS 
  5. Nonpharmacological Interventions 
  6. Pharmacological Interventions 
  7. Long-term Outcomes 
  8. Conclusion 
  9. References 

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss neonatal abstinence syndrome. It will take the average learner 120 minutes to complete.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Explain what Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome is and the corresponding symptomology.  
  2. List both pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions for treating an infant with neonatal abstinence syndrome. 
  3. Describe the possible long-term outcomes a child could face after a diagnosis of neonatal abstinence syndrome. 

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Conflict of Interest Statement

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts or any contributors have a commercial interest nor were influenced by commercial interests in the creation of this course, financially or otherwise.

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Course created on: May 21, 2021

Course Expires on: May 21, 2024

Course Offering: #69