Doctor of Nursing Practice
Family Nurse Practioner
Year Degree Awarded
Month Degree Awarded
Alcohol screening and brief intervention, alcohol screening tool, binge drinking, alcohol prevention education, teach-back, and college students
Dr. Jean DeMartinis, PhD, FNP-BC
DNP Project Outside Member Name
Pauline Moran NP
Background: Alcohol abuse is a significant concern in the college-aged population (18 to 24 years old) in the United States. Evidence supports the use of the alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI) and the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test for Consumption (AUDIT-C) for this population in reducing negative consequences associated with high-risk alcohol use.
Purpose: The purpose of this quality improvement (QI) project was to engage University Health Services (UHS) staff to use a routine SBI protocol with the AUDIT-C on all students that entered UHS and based on risk profile, if necessary, staff performed a brief educational intervention.
Methods: This QI project used an educational intervention design using the teach-back method to educate UHS staff on the SBI protocol, which was implemented on students attending UHS for four weeks (October 1st through October 25th) in the fall 2019 semester. The DNP project leader monitored the project via weekly staff meetings including discussion of how the protocol was going and collection of daily checklists that compared the number of students who visited UHS, versus the number of students screened, and the total number of students that scored high-risk and received brief intervention. Data were analyzed for themes and numbers were totaled weekly from checklists concerning students seen, screened, and given brief intervention.
Results/Interpretation: Useful themes to evaluate sustainability were detected during the weekly discussion meetings. During the four weeks, staff screened 74% of the students seen and an alarming 22.6%, 74 students, scored high-risk and agreed to brief intervention education.
Discussions/Conclusions: Staff decided the routine SBI protocol would be sustainable for everyday practice to assist in the identification and intervention with high-risk students to reduce negative consequences associated with drinking and improve their overall health and well-being.
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