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!
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
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