As National Nurse’s Week comes to a close, we felt compelled to take a moment to specifically honor this special group of professionals who are truly the heart of healthcare. As we approach our annual medical cannabis conference next week, one of the first priorities we focused on when developing the agenda, was how to meaningfully support the men and women who are at the forefront of the medical cannabis movement: nurses.
Some of the most important and influential people in the fight for patients’ rights to be treated with cannabis have been nurses. However, as cannabis continues to emerge as a viable and respected treatment, the need for trusted and science-based education is greater than ever. UPG announced last week the launch of our Medical Cannabis Curriculum for Health Professionals that will be rolled out during our Pre-Conference Nurse’s workshop on May 20th. Nurses from around the globe will be joining us to learn more about medical cannabis, taking part in CME/CE (continuing medical education) accredited courses and learning from some of the most respected leaders in the medical cannabis industry.
The “Florence Nightingale Pledge” dates back to 1893, but its message and practice in modern day nursing is evident in the brave and important work that nurses do today. Although the nursing profession was rooted in religious traditions, modern day nursing – particularly cannabis nurses who have braved the stigma, as well as the legal risks, to embrace medical cannabis – are especially noteworthy.
Just 10 short years ago, the American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA) was started. With today’s swiftly evolving landscape in the areas of science and research of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and cannabinoid therapeutics, a nurse’s role is indispensable within the cannabis healthcare spectrum. According to the ACNA, “cannabis nurses understand cannabis as a treatment within a continuum of care which involves interacting components including other drugs and treatments, state/federal laws, and the physiology of illness, disease, daily living and aging. Cannabis nurses cultivate and maintain an attitude of respect and acceptance towards people who choose to use cannabis for health and well-being”.
Nurses in the Cannabis Trenches
Teri Buesehoff, president of provides medical facilities and homes with health professionals said, “I have been in the healthcare industry for over 35 years. I have seen patients addicted and die from prescription drugs. I have seen so many medically fragile children and adults in a state where they either stay the same or die. Medical cannabis has given me hope again for my patients. I see that they are benefitting from a safe and therapeutic treatment and they are getting better, their quality of life has improved. This alone has restored my passion to remain in the healthcare industry.”
While the tenacity and commitment to always furthering their education and awareness of new treatment modalities is a trademark of the profession, nurses who advocated for cannabis, or were open about their interest in formal cannabinoid therapeutics often found themselves subjected to inappropriate investigations and disciplinary actions. “We work with these heroes everyday – nurses truly have fought the good fight in their efforts to gain access to medical cannabis education – and UPG, in turn, is making a significant commitment to nurses,” commented UPG founder, John Malanca.
May 20th, 2016 begins the realization of that commitment to nurses with the addition of a pre-conference workshop focused squarely on educating nurses and other healthcare professionals. The formal launch of UPG’s Medical Cannabis Curriculum for Health Professionals will feature a full day of information for healthcare professionals wishing to improve their knowledge about the far ranging uses of medical cannabis. Topics covered include the endocannabinoid system physiology, dosing and administration, as well as specific information applicable to treating conditions such as pain management, mental health, seizures, hepatitis, dementia, and cancer. The program also offers practical knowledge about specific state and federal cannabis laws. The pre-conference workshop will also qualify participants for four (4) CE contact hours.
Nurses – we hold you and the important work you do – in the highest of esteem. United Patients Group salutes nurses this week, and EVERY week!
Join us! Registration for the Nurse’s Pre-Conference Workshop on Friday, May 20th, is still open. Click here for more information. Or join us for the full weekend of carefully curated speaker sessions, many of which are approved for continuing medical education (CME) credits by clicking here.
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