I may be getting a little ahead of myself here, ( I take my boards on Wednesday), but I was wondering about getting certifcation in substance abuse. I recently went for a job at a Psych Hospital and the interviewer said there was an increase in the pay level if I had any certifications. I live in Rhode Island and was wondering if anyone knew of schools in my area that have certification programs. I have looked around on the web, but didn't have much luck. Any info would be great!
Jul 11, '01
There is a cert available for substance abuse nursing and it's name completely eludes me at present, but you can go to the website for the International Nurses Society on Addictions www.nnsa.org
to get information about certification, however you have to have 2 years of (fulltime) practice before you can sit for it. I am an experienced nurse working in prevention and am just trying to accrue some time before I take the test. The time is good because what they are saying is that it takes time to learn about the speciality and not all the information is available in a book.