|1.||Basic description —Nurses who are addictions counselors work in organizations that specialize in helping clients overcome addictive disorders. Treatment programs exist in all regions of the country. Chemical dependency is a major health problem and nurses work with clients to help them learn more effective ways of coping.|
|2.||Educational requirements—BSN is preferred with certification as a Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN). CARN is a specialty licensure required beyond the RN level specific to working as an Addictions Specialist. Three years’ experience as a registered nurse is necessary. Within the 5 years prior to the application for certification, a minimum of 4,000 hours (2 years) of nursing experience related to addictions is required. There is also an advanced practice certification that requires the MSN.|
|3.||Core competencies/skills needed:|
|4.||Compensation—Varies with place of employment and geographic location; the average is $30,000 to $35,000, but is often higher depending on certification and level of responsibility.|
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Publication information: Book title: 101 Careers in Nursing. Contributors: Jeanne M. Novotny - Editor, Doris T. Lippman - Editor, Nicole K. Sanders - Editor, Joyce J. Fitzpatrick - Editor. Publisher: Springer. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2003. Page number: 2.
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