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Addictions Nurse Career

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Job Title

 

Addictions Nurse

Job Description

 

An addiction nurse assesses and monitors the client's physical and psychological withdrawal from mood-altering chemicals and administers medications as prescribed with the goal of ensuring the client detoxifies safely.

Addiction nurses also offer emotional support and alternate coping strategies; boundary-setting for and with client; and one-to-one counseling and advocating for the client or client's family.

     

Job Qualifications

 

Most addictions nurses are trained on the job.  RNs and LPNs go into the field. Addiction nurses work in out-patient treatment centers, hospital settings or psych institutions that provide an alcohol and drug treatment program. 

An addictions nurse needs to have good listening and assessment skills, have good communication skills for one to one interventions, ability to educate both on a one to one level and in a group setting (educational lectures). It is also paramount to provide a healing environment, not one of moral judgment, when dealing with the addicted individual.

     

Certifications

 

CARN: Certified Addictions Registered Nurse

   

CARN-AP: Certified Addictions Registered Nurse - Advanced Practice

     

Associations

 

International Nurses Society On Addictions (IntNSA): The International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) is a professional specialty organization founded in 1975 for nurses committed to the prevention, intervention, treatment, and management of addictive disorders including alcohol and other drug dependencies, nicotine dependencies, eating disorders, dual and multiple diagnosis, and process addictions such as gambling.

   

Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia:  Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia is the peak nursing organisation in Australasia providing leadership to nurses and midwives with a professional interest in Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) issues.

     

Addiction Nurse Links

 

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD): Provides education, information, help, and hope to the public. It advocates prevention, intervention, and treatment through a nationwide network of Affiliates.

 

 

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: Supports and promotes the best science on alcohol and health by: Increasing the understanding of normal and abnormal biological functions and behavior relating to alcohol use and improving the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of alcohol use disorders.

     

Job Search

 

Addiction Nurse Jobs/Employment: Search for  Addiction Nurse jobs available in all 50 states.

     

Official Publication

 

Journal of Addictions Nursing: official journal of the International Nurses Society on Addictions -IntNSA. A peer reviewed quarterly international journal publishing original articles on current research, issues, practices and innovations as they relate to the field of addictions.

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Leading Books & Journals   Addictions Nursing Books: Listing of top rated books available in the filed of addiction nursing.
     

Degree Programs

 

If you would like to advance your nursing career, accredited online degree programs available:
RN to PhDRN to MSNRN to BSN or LPN to BSN

     
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