Addictions Nursing Career / Education
Addictions Nurse: Addictions nurses provide care for patients seeking help with addictions such as alcohol, drugs or tobacco. Addiction nurses need an understanding of both general nursing along with a specialized knowledge of addictions in order to provide effective care. Many addiction nurses also have experience and qualifications in other behavioral health areas such as Mental Health Problems.
Main duties include:
- Promoting recovery.
- Providing therapy and counseling to patients.
- Educating patients and their families of the dangers of substance abuse.
- Facilitating group therapy sessions.
- Working closely with social workers, doctors and community groups.
- Spending long periods of time with individual patients.
Where they work: Addiction Nurses can work in Hospitals, Outpatient Facilities and Community Care Centers.
Qualifications: Addiction Nurses need to qualify as a Registered Nurse (RN). There is no additional training required to become an Addiction Nurse, but certification is available. Most Nursing Degree programs courses cover addiction related nursing as part of their curriculum. Nurses who work in this field can gain certification by documenting their expertise in addiction nursing, and then passing a written examination. They will be known as Certified Addiction Registered Nurses (CARN), which is approved by The National Nurses Society on Addictions (NNSA).
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