The BIG Hospital SBIRT Initiative

A Learning Collaborative to Expand SBIRT into Hospitals and Other Medical Settings




Nursing Consortium Vision and Mission

The nursing consortium of nurse leaders from academe, health care, and employee assistance organizations has coalesced to advance substance-related knowledge and competency among the current and future nursing workforce.

The vision of the consortium is to disseminate best practices related to preparing the future and current nursing workforce in caring for individuals affected by substance use. Nurses with that related knowledge and competence have critical roles in reducing the global burden of disease related to alcohol and other drugs. The consortium is open to nurses who are engaged in activities to promote the nursing consortium’s agenda.  

Current activities of the Consortium include defining a set of core competencies and curriculum requirements for the baccalaureate and advanced practice nurse.  A primary goal is to promote the delivery of the clinical set of strategies, Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) into day-to-day nursing practice.

Please visit to see what the nursing consortium is undertaking. 

If you want to be added to the electronic distribution list and engage with other nurses across the US and globe, please send an email to Deborah S. Finnell at [email protected].