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- May 11, '11 by shrinkyrnIt took me a LONG time, worked psych, dual diagnosis, got certified as CARN, I now work in an Addictions private office as the Addictions nurse...I wear many hats, do some counseling, I ran a Suboxone program for a while, am working on a Dual Disorders program right now, we are working on a program for clients who need medication enhanced treatment i.e. Vivitrol, Campral, Suboxone....etc.. It is rewarding and utilizes my Certification and my skills....but the pay is NOT what you'd make in a hospital by any means....that's not what I'm in it for....more money would be nice but.....
- May 14, '11 by gnursjr2When I graduated from RN school in December 2008, no one would hire me. After 8 months of searching I had to move out of state to a private psych hospital. I had to leave everything behind, it was really hard. Anyway, I stayed there for about a year. Worked Acute adult, adolescent, and chemical dependency unit. Got some great experience, and was recruited for another job, which turned out to be a nightmare. I am now currently traveling, but want to go back to a perm job. The job market is still very tough out there for psych, too many nurses for too few jobs. Also, now the hospitals want even more experience. Good luck to you.
- Jul 7, '11 by morecoffeeplsI'm wondering if CARN certification is something I should consider now that I am aware that it exists. I was hired out of nursing school as the (only/charge) nurse on nights on an inpatient psychiatric unit and we get a lot of detox patients. I recently became ANCC certified for Psych-MH and will obtain my BSN and have been a nurse for about 3 years at the end of the year. Should I get certified in Addictions? I have no idea what my future plans are, except that I'll probably end up going back to school once I've recovered from my current program. I know it can't hurt, but can it truly help? I'm in CT also, BTW.
- Jul 7, '11 by WhisperaIf you became CARN-certified, it might help you get a job in a place that requires that certification. I doubt it would help you on-the-job in a generic psych nursing job. It wouldn't lead to greater pay. I worked with two CARNs in the past. They didn't do anything differently than I did for our patients on a combined psych/CD unit. They knew their stuff, but that could be because they had years of experience.
I bet you're learning lots on the job that will make you a super CD nurse anyway. Does the CARN require courses? Time on the job in CD, specifically?
Consider how tough and time-and-energy-consuming the requirements are, and how much money it costs to get the certification. Is it worth it to you if all it gets you is personal satisfaction for a goal-accomplished?