Goal 1: To determine the current state of knowledge, attitudes, and skills of nursing students related to the 6 essential knowledge areas to care for medical cannabis patients. The 6 essential knowledge areas as defined by the NCSBN are:
  1. The nurse shall have a working knowledge of the current state of legalization of medical and recreational cannabis use.
  2. The nurse shall have a working knowledge of the jurisdiction’s MMP.
  3. The nurse shall have an understanding of the endocannabinoid system, cannabinoid receptors, cannabinoids, and the interactions between them.
  4. The nurse shall have an understanding of cannabis pharmacology and the research associated with the medical use of cannabis.
  5. The nurse shall be able to identify the safety considerations for patient use of cannabis.
  6. The nurse shall approach the patient without judgment regarding the patient’s choice of treatment or preferences in managing pain and other distressing symptoms.
Study purpose:
The purpose of this study is to better understand how nursing students are being trained to provide medicinal cannabis care. In 2018, the National Council of States Boards of Nursing published an article in the Journal of Nursing Regulation regarding the need for students to be educated in 6 essential areas related to providing care to medicinal cannabis patients.

Description of the project:
This survey asks the student about their baseline knowledge regarding medical cannabis care.


If you decide to take part in this study you will do the following things:  You will follow the provided link to the rest of the survey, which includes 3 demographic data questions and 12 questions to be answered regarding your knowledge, attitudes, and skills related to medical cannabis care.

Risks or discomfort:
Risks are likely to be minimal. 

Benefits of this study:
Participants will be contributing to the greater body of knowledge regarding the nursing student population. As well, the data obtained may contribute to the improvement of nursing education around the topic of providing care to medical cannabis patients.

Your part in this study is confidential.  None of the information will identify you by name.  All records will be stored in a secure online database with only the two primary researchers and the statistician having access. Your answers to the survey are confidential and made anonymous through the survey collection method. No demographic identifiers will be linked to specific participants, therefore anonymity is maintained. Informed consent is provided. Your identity will be held in confidence in reports in which the study may be published.

Decision to quit at any time:

The decision to take part in this study is voluntary.  You do not have to participate.  Your decision whether or not to participate in this study will not affect your current or future relations with the investigator. If you decide to take part in the study, you may quit at any time.  Whatever you decide will in no way impact you as a nursing student.  If you wish to quit, simply do not complete the survey and exit the online survey platform at any time.

Costs and payment:

Taking part in this study will not lead to added costs to you. You will not receive payment for taking part in this study. You will not be compensated financially, with college course credit, or extra credit. You have complete freedom to participate or not.

Financial interest disclosure:

The investigators do not have a financial interest in this research.

Rights and complaints:

If you are not satisfied with the way this study is performed, you may discuss your complaints with Dr. Carey S. Clark at 707-239-6738 or anonymously, if you choose.  In addition, if you have questions about your rights as a research participant, you may contact the office of the Institutional Review Board at 46 University Drive, Augusta, ME 04330.

Note: This survey is not affiliated with official ACNA activities.

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* 1. ELECTRONIC CONSENT: In consideration of all of the above, I give my consent to participate in this research study. You have read the Consent Form.  Your questions have been answered.  Clicking on the “Agree” button is an electronic signature that indicates you understand the information and you agree to participate in this study.

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