IntNSA News & Announcement

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  • 09 Apr 2018 2:03 PM | Anonymous

    10th ICN NP/APN Conference

    26-29 August 2018

    Rotterdam, The Netherlands



  • 10 May 2017 11:12 AM | Anonymous
    IntNSA signs on to letter in opposition to OMB’s proposed slashing of drug control funding.

    Click here to view the letter (pdf).

  • 10 May 2017 11:11 AM | Anonymous

    IntNSA endorses Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose (CSOO) letter in response to AHCA vote.

  • 25 Mar 2017 9:03 AM | Anonymous

    IntNSA, ENA Joint Position Statement - Substance Use among Nurses and Nursing Students

    View the Position Statement (pdf)

    View all IntNSA Position Statements at

    Updated March 2017, and prepared for distribution to the ENA Journal and the Journal of Addictions Nursing.

  • 19 Mar 2017 11:20 AM | Anonymous

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  • 07 Mar 2017 3:00 PM | Anonymous

    SAMHSA has posted the Notice of Intent form for nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) to apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. The form is available here:

    Applicants must download and fill out a hard copy and email it in for approval.

  • 19 Jul 2016 10:22 AM | Anonymous

    Please note, the law has been passed but it has not yet gone into effect. The Secretary of Health and Human Services and SAMHSA are working to develop regulations for implementation and we will pass that news along as it becomes available to us. Please do not attempt to prescribe buprenorphine until the regulations go into effect.

    IntNSA applauds the momentous legislation, Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA) passed by USA Congress yesterday

    A giant step forward was made yesterday with the passing of CARA legislation towards the effort to reduce morbidities and mortalities associated with the opioid epidemic affecting so many Americans across our country. As the premiere organization for nurses working with those with substance use disorders, IntNSA has long advocated for advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) to be given the authority to prescribe buprenorphine, a medication for opioid use disorders. Inherent in this legislation, it is stated:

    *Expansion of office-based treatment by allowing nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid addiction*

    This outstanding news is just one element of the CARA legislation that will address a full range of needed services, from primary prevention to recovery support, to expand access to treatment services for opioid use disorders.

    IntNSA is working to develop strategies to address mandatory training requirements for APRNs to prescribe buprenorphine. We will put out updates as we obtain this information. A huge thank you to many of you who wrote letters of support to your representatives that helped to facilitate passage of this legislation!

  • 10 Sep 2015 8:47 AM | Anonymous

    IntNSA Call for Award Nominations

    Throughout the year you interact with nurses who are advancing excellence in nursing care for the prevention and treatment of addictions. These nurses, working with diverse population across all practice settings should be recognized for their efforts related to advocacy, collaboration, education, research, and/or policy development.

    Nominate a fellow IntNSA member for an IntNSA Award! Self-nominations are also encouraged.

    Nominations are due by September 25, 2015

    Awards Available:

    General Criteria: Nominee must be a current member of IntNSA and an RN. Documentation and evidence of expertise, service, and/or contributions must accompany nominations as appropriate.

    1. Chapter of the Year Award: The chapter that has demonstrated growth, community service, peer assistance and/or advancing the profession and mission of IntNSA.
    2. Clinical Care Award: The person demonstrates knowledge and expertise in addictions nursing practice and has made creative contributions in the service of quality care.
    3. Community Service/Advocacy Award: The person provides outstanding service that has a focused interest in prevention or intervention in addictions.
    4. Education Award: The person is known as an exemplary teacher who brings attention to addictions issues and who stimulates knowledge development or research in addictions nursing through teaching.
    5. Management Award: The person initiates the development and implementation of innovative programs for addictions.
    6. Mentoring Award: The person who provides extraordinary mentorship. The mentee will nominate his/her mentor.
    7. Newcomer of the Year Award: The person who, after last year’s conference, has demonstrated motivation and provided service to IntNSA.
    8. Peer Assistance Award: The person participates in the development and implementation of prevention and/or intervention programs in a peer assistance program.
    9. Research Award: The person introduces a new theory or conducts exemplary research in addictions and communicates findings.

    Click here to submit your nominations using the online form

  • 09 Sep 2015 8:49 AM | Anonymous

    National Recovery Month

    Get involved in National Recovery Month 2015 and spread the word that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover. Participate in community events near you, and be sure to check out the 2015 National Recovery Month toolkit for more information and resources to help you get connected.

    Recovery Month provides a toolkit with tips and resources to plan events, distribute information, and promote recovery efforts. It can be found at

    The Recovery Month website also gives you the opportunity to share information such as:

    1. Events and Celebrations - including marches, cook-outs, ball game outings, etc
    2. Proclamations
    3. Press conferences
    4. Testimonials


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