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    Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN) or Certified Addictions Registered Nurse - Advanced Practice (CARN-AP)

    Examinations, implemented by the Addictions Nursing Certification Board (ANCB), are designed to determine and recognize the ability to apply knowledge from nursing and related disciplines to the care of persons with problems resulting from patterns of abuse, dependence, and all aspects of addictions.

    International Nurses Society on Addictions
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    This is my goal!

    Last I checked there were less than 200 CARN's...something I want my entire unit to complete (soon as I get hired)!

    Father Martin Ashley's in MD has the highest concentration of CARN's with 7.
    tom7044, guitarplayer55, showbizrn, and 2 others like this.
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    Admirable goal, CASTLEGATES. Good luck!
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    http://www.intnsa.org/certifications_carn.php

    Certification

    Nurses with sufficient addiction experience can document their expertise in addiction nursing by passing a rigorous test to become recognized as a Certified Addiction Registered Nurse (CARN), a process sponsored by NNSA. In some states, nurses with the CARN credential are recognized as addiction treatment providers. Currently, the CARN certification is for all registered nurses; there is a separate certification for Licensed Mental Health Technicians and Licensed Practical Nurses. An Advanced Practice Specialty examination is also being developed, and some addiction nurses are certified as alcohol counselors.


    Study guide http://www.amazon.com/Certified-Addi.../dp/0837358361


    You typically need 2 years of addictions/substance abuse/detox or dual diagnosis to be eligible. It is available to all RN's!
    http://nursing.advanceweb.com/editor...aspx?cc=123324

    Become one of only a couple hundred in the US!

    Journal of Addictions Nursing http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~db=all~content=t713669403~tab=editorialboard

    some videos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9vpvuvSLcc and http://www.icyou.com/topics/health-w...certification+

    International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) http://www.nattc.org/getCertified/ce...?oldID=ointnsa

    and from answerbag http://www.answerbag.com/articles/Ho...8-1801e6b4abff

    Many ER's are requiring a CARN or CARN-AP to be on staff since a very high percentage of ER admissions are associated with addictions (remember, alcohol and tobacco are drugs; just by chance legalized ones and happen to be the most deadly of all)


    Myths of addiction video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OufYZUSfDuU
    Last edit by CASTLEGATES on Oct 26, '09
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    Has anyone taken this exam? I've joined IntNSA. & the NC Chapter IntNSA but have not truly committed to this certification? Please any words of wisdom from CARNS or CARN-APs?
    Thanks in advance,
    cfaith
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    I have been a CARN for almost 10 years now...best thing I ever did....I now work in an outpatient office as the Addictions Nurse....LOVE it!!
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    How hard is the addictions certification exam? and is it recognized in canada?
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    I may do this--I have the 2 years' experience in addictions, but I still need that 3rd year of experience in general.
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    Can an LVN take this exam since I already work at at substance abuse clinic?
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    Quote from xxJLyn
    Can an LVN take this exam since I already work at at substance abuse clinic?
    I think it's an RN-only thing...but why not drop them a line and ask? You never know.


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