The International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) is a professional specialty organization founded in 1975 for nurses committed to the prevention, intervention, treatment, and management of addictive disorders including alcohol and other drug dependencies, nicotine dependencies, eating disorders, dual and multiple diagnosis, and process addictions such as gambling.
To advance excellence in nursing care for the prevention and treatment of addictions for diverse populations across all practice settings through advocacy, collaboration, education, research and policy development.
Our goal is to help nurses provide comprehensive, high-quality nursing care for addicted patients and their families. IntNSA has something to offer every nurse, regardless of their area of nursing practice. With the prevalence of addiction-related health consequences, we believe that all nurses must maintain a basic level of knowledge and skills in addictions.
To be a global leader in addictions nursing.
Our strength comes from our members, including clinicians, educators, managers, and researchers who practice in a wide variety of settings, including treatment centers, hospitals, schools, private practices, primary care, and other community agencies. We firmly believe that all nurses, regardless of their specialty or practice setting, can play a role in the promotion of healthy lifestyles and the early identification of people at greater risk for developing problems associated with the abuse of addictive substances.
Excellence: Reinvigorating efforts to improve quality of care and quality of life for all persons impacted by substance use, abuse, and addiction.
Compassion: Recognizing the importance of helping others through caring. Instilling hope to those who feel hopeless and empowering those who are powerless.
Diversity: Affirming and accepting the uniqueness of each person – his/her idea, values, culture, and ethnicity.
Integrity: Respecting the dignity and worth of every individual grounded on the understanding that addictions, like other chronic health problems can be prevented and treated.
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