Where does one find a job in addictions nursing?

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    That's pretty much my question. Are the jobs in in- patient rehabs? I'd love to give this area a shot, it hits close to home ( not me with the addiction). But I'd really like to help these people
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    I suggest methadone clinics and psych facilities specializing in dual diagnoses. Detox facilities too. Most inpatient rehabs I know of aren't really medical facilities. They may employ a nurse for medication administration and basic health assessments, but not many.
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    Pain management clinics often have connections with addictionologists, and you can also check out prison nursing.
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    Corrections Nursing....sadly at least 85% of the inmates I care for have some kind of substance/mental health issues and or addictions....it is a great way to learn how to Tx these issues and develop excellent assessment skills at the same time...
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    I am interested in the same, it seems like most of the jobs I have found in this field are in the northern US.
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    Any sort of psych nursing you are going to deal with addiction a ton. I'd say a good 75% of our patients seem to have a history of substance abuse. A lot of the time it goes along with the mental health problems, self medicating, etc. Detox facilities will hire nurses as well.
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    Do you need to take a specialty course if you want to be in this kind of nursing profession?
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    I work for the state-run psychiatric facility. I am in the outpatient clinic and see clients for about 20-30 min at a time. They come in every 3 months to see the psychiatrist. I do assessments, provide patient education, give injections, etc. I love my job because I am able to do a lot of teaching, especially when it comes to recovery. About 65% of our clients are dual dx. I'm in recovery myself and I love working with this population, although it can be exhausting and I have to practice boundaries on a daily basis. Seeing a client come in who has relapsed is admittedly difficult for me. I've been here for over 3 years and love it. I think I love the schedule almost as much as the job....Mon-Fri, 7am to 4pm with an hour for lunch. I am able to have all holidays and weekends off, which with kids is very desirable for me. I never would have ended up here if it weren't for my own experience with addiction (I was previously in the ICU) but now, I have no desire to return to a hospital setting, working 10-12 hour days. I'm looking at becoming a Certified Addictions Nurse, although there don't seem to be many, if at all, in my area.
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    I am an RN and would like to work at an addiction clinic. There are so many addiction clinics popping up in my area and b/c my own son almost died from his addiction to heroin and anything else he could get his hands on I want to help others like the clinic that helped him. How do I apply/get a job with an addiction clinic? They don't seem to advertise.
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    And do addiction clinics hire new grads? I am also interested in this line of work. I did an observation day on the Detox Unit at the hospital and *loved* it. I really enjoyed the teaching and patient interaction. If they do consider new grads, how can I make myself more marketable to this niche?


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