Mount Saint Mary College's School of Nursing recently sponsored a virtual program called "Opioids in Our Community" for Mount students, employees, and the general public.
The presentation delved into the opioid crisis and how it has impacted our community, including an overview of opioid pharmacology and the epidemiology of opioid use disorder in Orange County, N.Y., local and national prevention programs, and resources in the community for recovery.
The presenters, healthcare students enrolled at NYS Area Centers for Education, noted that opioid abuse can impact people of any age, but the group impacted most is people between the ages of 25 and 44. Opioid-related deaths are on the rise in New York State and it only takes a small amount to induce an overdose.
In the last few years, Mount Nursing students have attended training sessions on-campus for administering naloxone, an anti-opioid overdose medicine. To date, more than 200 students and faculty have been certified in the use of the medicine.
Mount Nursing students enjoy state-of-the-art simulation labs and clinical relationships with more than 40 area hospitals. The Mount's passionate faculty are dedicated to the success of both their undergraduate and graduate students.
Mount Nursing students consistently score well on the NCLEX-RN test. For example, May 2021 graduates of the college scored more than 90 percent on average.