Advanced practice addictions nursing specialty certification

Deborah S. Finnell, Margery Garbin, Jim Scarborough

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More than a decade ago, the Addictions Nursing Certification Board (ANCB) recognized the need for certification in this specialty. Presently, leaders in the addictions field are calling for the expansion of knowledge, attitudes, competencies and skills for health professionals in all disciplines in order to effectively identify, intervene, and refer individuals with substance use disorders. Nurses holding the Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN) and the Certified Addictions Registered Nurse, Advanced Practice (CARN-AP) have a long and strong history in meeting this present day challenge. This article discusses the historical development of the advanced practice specialty certification in addictions nursing. Efforts to promote recognition of master's prepared nurses with certification in addictions nursing are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-40
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of addictions nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Addictions Nursing
  • Certification
  • Deemed Status

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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