Best area of the country to find a RN job in addictions?
0Mar 8, '11 by rebkI 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!
0Mar 9, '11 by gotta b meQuote from rebkIt would be to your advantage to have C.A.R.N.. aka; certification in addiction/rehab nursing I'm not sure of the website you need to go to but I'll see if I can find it and get back with you.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!
0Mar 10, '11 by Lovely_RNA 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
1Oct 6, '11 by RxOnlyI know this is an old thread but FL and MA are big areas.. I live in MA and work full time at one detox and per diem at another.... and I could name 10 others in a 50 mile radius without trying. You don't need to be a C.A.R.N. to work at a detox, at least around here you don't. Of course it helps but at both my jobs there is only one nurse that is a C.A.R.N. - and myself and many others had no prior experience in the field before starting. Good luck!
0Oct 4, '12 by Zoom14Again, old thread... but the test qualifications are now 2000 hours / 1 year of RN practice in a field related to addiction / 30 CEUs and no restirctions on RN license. Also, the substance abuse/addictin experience must have been within the last 3 years. I have worked on a medical detox unit for a little over a year (first job as a nurse so I haven't held an RN position for 2 years) and applied- am taking at the end of October 2012.
I don't know the current numbers, but from what I understand, there are not a lot of certified addiction nurses in the United States. A few years ago, I believe the number was between 300 and 400 total CARNs so it seems an invaluable credential to have if you plan to have a career in this area of nursing.