Substance Abuse Nursing

Looking to be a nurse who works with substance abuse patients? Become a substance abuse nurse.

Substance abuses nurses are specialized in pain management techniques. They focus on caring for patients addicted to drugs and alcohol, addressing the symptoms of withdrawal when needed, and promoting steps toward long-term recovery. Much of their job also involves teaching patients about the dangers of substance abuse and providing resources forĀ  treatment and support. Since addiction has both mental and physical components, substance abuse nurses receive training in both general medicine and mental health.

Preparation Path

  • EARN YOUR ASN OR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • WORK AS AN RN FOR AT LEAST THREE YEARS (LOGGING 4,000 HOURS) OR GAIN TWO YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN SUBSTANCE ABUSE
  • GET YOUR SUBSTANCE ABUSE NURSE CERTIFICATION

 

$41,000 - $61,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Administer medication and regulate patient treatment
  • Teach patients, their families and the public about the dangers of substance abuse
  • Provide physical and emotional support for patients and their families

Education Requirements

ASN or BSN

Employment Settings

  • Mental health clinics
  • Psychiatric wards
  • Inpatient or outpatient treatment centers

Certification

RN, Substance abuse nurse certification from the International Nurses Society on Addictions (exam only available twice a year)