I am looking to get into working with substance abuse patients. I did my preceptorship in a community drug-alcohol outreach program. Since then, I have worked a little in psych, and some LTC. I do not know how to make the transition from PRN LTC RN, and stay at home mom to full-time RN specializing in this area. Any advice would be appreciated! Thank you!
A psych background is a plus since prior addiction experience or a psych background are the requirements for most addiction positions. As far as CARN goes, you have to work for 2 years in addiction to be eligible for certification. I think the best first experience would be on a detox unit in a hospital but if you can't get that then take anything.
ADDICTIONS NURSING CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION APPLICATION 7
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA – CARN
To be determined eligible to participate in the certification examination, candidates must meet the
1. Hold a current, full, and unrestricted license as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States, its
possessions or Canada. If licensed in more than one jurisdiction, the candidate must hold full
and unrestricted licenses in all jurisdictions. Non-US nurses who meet the eligibility criteria
are also invited to apply for the CARN examination, but must submit evidence of equivalent
licensure as RN.
2. Have a minimum of 4000 hours (two years) of nursing experience related to addictions as an RN
in a staff, administrative, teaching, private practice, consultation, counseling, or research
capacity within the last three (3) years.
Last edit by Lovely_RN on Mar 10, '11