Date of Award

Summer 2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Department

Nursing

Thesis Committee Chairperson

Diane Ryan, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, GNP-BC, FNP-BC

Second Reader

Casey Leta, PA

Abstract

Introduction: A deeper understanding of the current knowledge and attitudes of Nurse Practitioners prescribing medical marijuana could provide insight into what may be explained as positives, negatives and what research and education may be lacking.

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to identify the knowledge and attitudes of nurse practitioners prescribing medical marijuana with intention to assist in directing future research and education.

Method: On-line electronic survey where common themes will be identified regarding the thoughts and opinions of Nurse Practitioners recruited through a descriptive study design.

Findings: Overall, it was found that NP’s have a neutral opinion on the topic of medical marijuana, possibly related to a lack of knowledge. The majority of participants stated they felt education and research was lacking and that further education, throughout schooling curriculums and post medical marijuana certifications was needed.

Conclusion: The most common reason practitioners were asked to prescribe medical marijuana was for pain management. If NPs were to have continued education about the benefits of medical marijuana over previously used methods of treatment and increased awareness of its potential use for pain, they may be more likely and more confident to recommend this to their patients. If more patients were to use this treatment, they may have an increased quality of life.

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