substance abuse nursing

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    Do you do any type of counseling as a substance abuse nurse (with a BSN as an RN)?
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    I used to, back when I was a BSN RN. I worked on a CD unit and did group therapy with patients. I also ran AA meetings sometimes. There's certification as a CD specialist available....
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    the nurses in my hospital do not do any counseling..
    We have therapists for this........we may lead a med-ed group but that's about it....
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    What is a CD unit? How do you get certified?
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    CD = chemical dependency You get certified after working the specialty awhile, and taking a major, very-difficult test given by some agency that offers such tests.
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    are you talking about the CARN? Certified Addiction Registered Nurse?
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    I'm not certified in chemical dependency nursing but yes, CARN is one of them
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    I am trying to enter psychiatric nursing, having 10 years of experience working in the community as BSN and having difficulty because i dont have 'psychiatirc Rn experience'..would working at a methadone clinic provide me with some psychiatric experience.?.or be considered psychiatric experience since addictions are often accompanied by psychiatric problems..otherwise known as co-occuring disorders or dual disorders. I am considering a part-time job at a facility dispensing methadone...can anyone offer some insight...as always you guys are most forthcoming with information..thanks:wink2:
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    I think at a methadone clinic, you'd be monitoring symptoms and dispensing methadone. Most methadone clinics aren't inpatient--patients just show up every few days to get their methadone. At least that's how it works at the 2 methadone clinics near me. I assume the patients get therapy elsewhere--I hope so. Anyway, I don't think you'd be getting psych nurse experience there.
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    Quote from Whispera
    I think at a methadone clinic, you'd be monitoring symptoms and dispensing methadone. Most methadone clinics aren't inpatient--patients just show up every few days to get their methadone. At least that's how it works at the 2 methadone clinics near me. I assume the patients get therapy elsewhere--I hope so. Anyway, I don't think you'd be getting psych nurse experience there.
    I agree -- that's how it works at the clinics I've known of.


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