Can lpns become addictions nurses?

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    hey everyone! I am currently enrolled in LPN school and exploring all my career options. Although I am sold on geriatrics I have always been interested in psychology so I was wondering if a career as an addictions nurse was an an option with an LPN degree?
    Any help would be much loved!
    Thanks
    Kelly
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    Maybe it depends on the area but I just got a job as an LVN in CA in a drug & alcohol detox and rehab facility. I'm still getting used to all of my duties but mainly I give meds, talk to the doctors and take orders, do admissions, drug testing, monitor withdrawal symptoms, send them to ER as necessary and I'm sure theres more but that's the majority of it!

    I like it so far, it can be stressful but I feel like its a good opportunity and a supportive working environment!
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    When I was an LVN, I worked a PRN job at a psychiatric hospital on the adult chemical dependency unit. Almost all of my patients had substance abuse issues.
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    I love the terms used now for alcoholics, drug users..chemical dependency uses, addiction, substance abuse.
    calling a spade a spade, do they do a background check to see what/why these people started.
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    Why would you need a background check to see why "these people" started? Chemical dependency & crime do not always go hand in hand!
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    that is the key to how & why these people got into drugs in the first place. !
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    That's a very broad & biased generalization, royhanosn. I have absolutely no criminal background that would account for me becoming an alcoholic. To assume that every person with a substance abuse problem is a criminal is wrong. Most of the time the criminal acts are the result of the addiction. You need to study up a little & get your facts straight.
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    I disagree royhanosn. Many people start using for various reasons. Criminal history may not be a part of it. Some people start using simply because of severe depression, developing an addiction to their prescription drugs, boredom, peer pressure, some people have even been forced to take drugs and then become addicted. And yes some people have a drug and criminal history that go hand in hand. A patient its a patient. Their history is available in their chart so that the healthcare team can know how to care for and develop a treatment plan for that patient. Background checks are not part of that. That is trying to find out information beyond what is necessary
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    not saying that! Agreed with patient history. Why did drug or booze problem start. A documentary yesterday about addiction (drugs or booze), showed the hot spots in the brain that are affected, frontal cortex. Sweet & Karen..if permitted, you have to look at the broader picture. The doctors I work with, get into the why of addiction. Background check is not meaning the cops. I am referring to the patient. They know why they got into. thanks for the return comments, good to see neurons being stimulated.
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    Thank you for clarifying, rayhanosn. When you said background check, I thought you meant criminal background check. You do have to get as complete a history as the addicted person will allow. During active addiction, people tend not to be too truthful.


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