• 14 Aug 2018 12:34 PM | Anonymous

    IntNSA News Wave

    Volume 9, Issue 1

    In this Issue:

    1. President’s Message - See below
    2. FAN News
    3. FIAAN Update
    4. ANCB News
    5. IntNSA 2018 Annual Conference
    6. IntNSA 2018 Board of Directors


    President's Message

    By: Stephen Strobbe, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CARN-AP, FIAAN, FAAN

    Greetings to all!


    We have a lot of exciting news to share with you about the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA), so let’s get started!


    A NEW LOOK: With an eye toward our stated vision, “To be a global leader in addictions nursing,” IntNSA now has a new logo, one that depicts the entire world, with all its regions. You can expect to see this attractive logo make its way into all of our publications, postings, and releases. In the spirit of consistent “branding,” IntNSA’s management company will be generating and providing official, updated logos to all of our chapters and regions.


    RENEW OR JOIN IntNSA NOW: Sincere thanks to all of you who have already renewed your memberships! This society is for and about you, the field of addictions nursing, and the many who benefit from your commitment to prevention, treatment, and recovery from substance use and addictions.

    If you’ve been waiting - for whatever reason - then now’s a great time to dive in and enjoy the many benefits that our society has to offer:

    • COMING VERY SOON! Enhanced connections to the world of addictions nursing, through our completely renovated IntNSA web site, with a full roll-out planned during our annual educational conference
    • An annual subscription to our official, quarterly, peer-reviewed publication, the Journal of Addictions Nursing (JAN)
    • Reduced rates for conference registration, as well as certification and renewal as a Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN) or CARN-Advanced Practice (CARN-AP)

    For your convenience, IntNSA now has new options for recurring memberships, with automatic annual renewal! In addition, our new Institutional Membership allows entire groups to join at reduced rates, with increased benefits.


    ANCB MILESTONE: The Addictions Nursing Certification Board (ANCB) recently celebrated an important milestone, with more than 1000 nurses now certified as a Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN), or Certified Addictions Registered Nurse-Advanced Practice (CARN-AP). In addition, ANCB is rapidly closing in on its long-term goal to have these examinations accredited. Congratulations!


    IntNSA’s 42nd ANNUAL EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE: Registration is now open for our 42nd Annual Educational Conference, in Denver, Colorado, October 3-6, with the theme, “Substance Use and Recovery-Oriented Care: 21st Century Challenges and Opportunities.”


    Your conference committee has assembled a great program! You won’t want to miss the pre-conference workshops, international panel on cannabis use, awards banquet, a plenary session with Dr. Pam Cipriano (President of the American Nurses Association), the Foundation for Addictions Nursing (FAN) Silent Auction, the Addictions Nursing Certification Board (ANCB) “Purses for Nurses,” and the post-conference outing, a Colorado Foothills Tour, with lunch. Did I mention that members - old and new - receive a $200 conference registration discount, which makes your annual IntNSA membership essentially free! http://www.intnsa.org/conference.


    GLOBAL EVENTS: IntNSA has been or will be well-represented at two important, upcoming international events:

    As I approach the end of my term as President, with a clear transition plan for the continued success of our society, I couldn’t be more proud of our accomplishments, secure in regard to our current status, and optimistic about our future. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: “There has never been a better or more important time to be an addictions nurse,” so join, attend, participate, and benefit!


    Can’t wait to see you in Denver!





    Foundation for Addictions Nursing

    The Foundation for Addictions Nursing (FAN) is a 501c3 non profit organization supporting the mission of IntNSA by raising money for scholarships to the IntNSA conference and research awards. Donations can be made to FAN at any time; conveniently during membership renewal and at the IntNSA conference and are tax deductible.


    In 2017, scholarships to attend the IntNSA conference were awarded to nurses working in addictions (the Buffington Scholarship) and nursing students interested in learning more about addictions (Widley Scholarship). In addition, FAN awarded a $3000 research grant, and for the first time, awarded an international scholarship to provide travel funds to the IntNSA conference to a nurse from outside the US. In 2018, FAN received a donation of $5,000 from a family who wishes to support the education of nurses in caring for patients with substance use disorders. We will distribute the award over the next four years.


    FAN welcomes two new trustees, Dr, Roxanne Vandermause, PhD, RN, and Dr. Bonnie Franckowiak, DNP, FNP, CARN-AP. We are looking for other interested IntNSA members who are available for a one-hour monthly phone meeting and who enjoy working with others at our conferences. Please contact any FAN trustee for details.


    Pictured from top left to right
    Roxanne Vandermause, Carolyn Baird, Joanne Schwartz, Connie Mele, Fran Campbell, Merry Armstrong Fougere, Diane Snow, Nancy Altman


    At the upcoming 2018 IntNSA conference in Denver, Colorado, FAN welcomes donated items from chapters and individuals for our silent auction. Items need to be easily transported via air travel! Jewelry, items of interest from your geographic region, and artwork are always good sellers! This is our primary fundraising activity for scholarships and the research award. We will also have IntNSA tote bags, key chains and other items for sale.

    We look forward to seeing you in Denver and thank you for your generous support of the Foundation for Addictions Nursing!


    Merry Armstrong Fougere,
    President FAN




    IntNSA Celebrates New FIAAN Inductee

    The International Academy of Addictions Nursing recognizes outstanding individuals, who have contributed significantly to the field of addictions nursing. In this issue of the News Wave we want to acknowledge and commend Dr. Julian Howe, who was inducted at the IntNSA annual conference held in Orlando, Florida in October of 2017.


    Registered Nurse
    North Texas VA Hospital, Dallas, Texas


    Dr. Howe currently works at the North Texas VA Hospital in Dallas, Texas as a Registered Nurse on the SARRPT Chemical Dependency Unit working with veterans with addictions, dual diagnosis, and PTSD. He has over 49 years of experience in mental health and addictions, with 40 years as a RN. Dr. Howe has worked in state, county, federal, and private facilities.


    Besides being a nurse, Dr. Howe wears many different hats. He is an ordained minister in the Southern Baptist Convention and current endorsed by the North American Mission Board as a Military Chaplain in the U.S.A.F. Auxiliary assigned to the Texas Wing. Dr Howe is also the Critical Incident Stress Officer (CISM) for the entire state of Texas. He is currently ranked as a Major.


    He is also a Nurse Advocate for the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses (TPAPN) for the last three years serving. TPAPN Is an alternative program for RNs and LVNs whose nursing practice may have been impaired by psychiatric or substance use disorders.


    His is CARN certified and is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) in the state of Texas.Dr. Howe holds an ADN and BS in Psychology from Midwestern State University, BSN UTA, PhD in Biblical Counseling from Therapoun University, and ThD in Theology from Slidell Baptist Seminary.


    He has served on the nominating committee and reviews articles for the Journal of Addictions Nursing. Dr Howe has been recognized as a Diplomate and Fellow by the American Psychotherapy Association, a Fellow by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and a Fellow by the National Center for Crisis Management.


    Time to celebrate!


    **There are now over 1000 certified nurses! **


    ANCB has been hard at work taking the necessary steps in applying to the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABNSC) for accreditation of both certifications. This is a rigorous process which demonstrates the maintenance of a quality certification program in meeting demanding standards and earning this prestigious recognition. ANCB submitted the application for accreditation in July!


    Role Delineation Study (RDS) / Practice Analysis (PA)
    ANCB has contracted with our testing company, C-NET, to perform the Role Delineation Study/ Practice Analysis. This analysis is to validate the content of the existing Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN) examination (generalist level), and the Certified Addictions Registered Nurse - Advanced Practice (CARN-AP) examination. Practice analysis is intended to provide an overall description of patterns of practice for a large group of individuals working in different settings who provide a wide range of services to a diverse population of clients. The RDS is performed to determine the differences in practice of nurses prepared for different subspecialties or different roles. This survey will compare the practice of generalist registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in and is open to all nurses! This is required to be done every five years (C-NET). Check your email for the survey to be coming your way!


    New CARN & CARN-AP Certification & Recertification Handbooks
    Updated versions of applicant handbooks are now available! Go to the certification page of the website and click on exam information or re-certification information. For any questions about certifications or re-certifications, please contact our partner, C-NET: info@cnetnurse.com.


    Retirement Policy
    If you are reaching this wonderful next chapter, please consider applying for a retired status for your credential. You worked hard to acquire and maintain your certification – Keep on using it!


    To obtain Retired status: The applicant must have previously held an ANCB credential (CARN or CARN-AP) for at least two consecutive certification periods (8 uninterrupted years), and must not be actively practicing.


    If approved, the applicant may use the Retired status to acknowledge a previously active credential, and the accomplishments thus signified, in correspondence, and in attendance at International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) membership events or at addictions continuing education activities.


    If the applicant chooses to return to practice and wishes to again hold the active credential, he/she must meet current eligibility criteria and again certify by examination.


    Join us in celebrating at the conference in Denver, Oct. 3-6. Be sure to stop by the ANCB table and meet your Board of Directors. Participate in our annual Purses for Nurses Raffle, purchase certification items – pins, stationary and more!


    Social Media
    Please like ANCB on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/AddictionsNursingCertificationBoard/ 


    Respectfully Submitted,


    Suzan Blacher, MSN, RN, CARN
    Co-Chair, Addiction Nursing Certification Board









  • 07 Mar 2017 3:33 PM | Anonymous

    IntNSA News Wave

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    Volume 8, Issue 1

    In this Issue:

    1. President’s Message - See below
    2. IntNSA 2017 Annual Conference
    3. Treasurers Report
    4. FIAAN Class of 2016
    5. IntNSA Board of Directors
    6. Editor and Contact



    President's Message

    Dear Fellow IntNSA Members,


    It is an honor and a pleasure to be addressing you as your new President, having taken office at the close of the annual business meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, in October, 2016. There has never been a more important time to be an addictions nurse, nor greater opportunities to make a real difference in the lives of individuals, families, communities, the nation, and the world.


    I plan to serve you, our society, and associated entities in this capacity until October, 2018. I have already come to realize that two years is a very short time in the life of an organization such as ours, so let’s get to work! You have talented, experienced, and dedicated elected officials on your Executive Board, and Board of Directors, and I am optimistic that together we can accomplish a great deal during these next two years. To help keep you informed as members - without whom we would not be a society - I would like to take this opportunity to review recent progress, plans, and priorities.

    IntNSA Conference 2016

    Our 40th - yes, 40th - Annual Educational Conference, was one of our most successful ever, with nearly 250 attendees, pre-conference workshops, dozens of posters, concurrent paper presentations, and plenary sessions on a timely and critical theme, Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery. We wish to thank all of our sponsors and exhibitors for helping to make this high-quality educational conference possible.

    As conference chair, I had the privilege of introducing our opening night plenary speaker, Dr. Mel Pohl, who also received the Spirit Award for his support of addictions nursing.

    The international luncheon panel, moderated by Dr. Carmel Clancy (Board of Directors), with representatives from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Israel, the U.K., and the U.S., was another big hit.


    The Awards Banquet recognized important accomplishments of, and contributions by, IntNSA members, including recipients of scholarships provided by the Foundation of Addictions Nursing (FAN), and the induction of new Fellows of the International Academy of Addictions Nursing (FIAAN).


    The post-conference tour of Hoover Dam was a fascinating, fun-filled outing. If you haven’t yet “stayed to play” after the conference, then I strongly encourage you to do so in Orlando, Florida, in October 2017. I’ll be there, and I look forward to meeting you, or seeing you again!


    IntNSA Conference 2017

    Speaking of which, it’s not too early to start planning now for the 41st Annual Educational Conference, to be held at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, October 18-21. The Call for Abstracts for poster and paper presentations has just been released, and submissions will be accepted until April 30, http://www.intnsa.org/2017/abstracts. Presenting is a great way to share your important work, and to meet other members. This year’s theme is Mobilizing All Nurses to Address Substance Use: The Hidden Faces of Addiction. Our conference chair is Suzanne Kinkle (Board of Directors), and she and her committee promise another great event!


    When you register, if you are not already a member of IntNSA, then you will want to take advantage of the special membership offer, which includes a subscription to our official publication, the Journal of Addictions Nursing (JAN). And whether this is your first IntNSA conference, or you have been attending every year, consider bringing a colleague to share in the knowledge, wisdom, and caring that defines the International Nurses Society on Addictions.

    Board Retreat

    Once a year, in addition to meetings immediately before and after our educational conference, your Board convenes - along with ad hoc members from the Addictions Nursing Certification Board (ANCB), the Foundation of Addictions Nursing (FAN), and the Journal of Addictions Nursing (JAN) - in a weekend retreat to establish priorities and plans. This year, we are scheduled to meet in March in San Antonio, Texas.


    We do not anticipate major changes in our priorities, which include:

    1. increased membership, visibility, and influence as global leaders in addictions nursing,
    2. an enhanced web-site to better attract, retain, and serve our members, and
    3. continued progress toward accreditation of our CARN and CARN-AP examinations.


    Some of these efforts may require sizable investments of time, money, and talent. Fortunately, the state of our society is strong, our fiscal health is sound, and we have never been in a better position to invest in our own organization for long-term growth and stability.


    I am genuinely excited about our prospects for the coming year and beyond, and I look forward to working with you to help make IntNSA all that it can be!


    Treasurers Report

    By: Bill Lorman, IntNSA Treasurer


    We ended the first six months of our fiscal year on a very high note. We had close to $400K in the bank which is an excellent place to be with an annual budget of less than $300K. As an organization, we are very stable. Our investment portfolio’s performance is also very good. With the guidance of our investment company, Edward Jones, we continue to show continual financial growth. And for the first time since prior to 2000, we actually made a profit at our conference. We are also at a point where all of our ‘cost centers’ have become ‘profit centers.’ This includes our Journal, Membership Services, Grants and our Publications. Moving forward, our Board of Directors is considering the provision of additional services to benefit our members, making our IntNSA a “must-join” professional organization.




    IntNSA Celebrates the FIAAN Class of 2016


    The International Academy of Addictions Nursing recognizes outstanding individuals, who have contributed significantly to the field of addictions nursing. 2016 was a record year for the Academy as 7 individuals were inducted this year. In this issue of the News Wave we want to acknowledge and commend those individuals, who were inducted at the IntNSA annual conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada in October of 2016.

    Elizabeth Fildes, EdD, RN, CNE, CARN-AP, DACACD

    Dr. Fildes addictions health policy contribution centers on decreasing the impact of tobacco use in Nevada and in the Philippines. Way back in 1997, when the quitlines in the US were only in California and Washington, she saw the need to advocate for the needs of tobacco users, their families, the professionals who cared for them and the community they lived in. To assure access to services for these populations, she founded the Nevada Tobacco Users Helpline (NTUH). Nineteen years and over 40,000 clients later, the quitline still provides nicotine dependence treatment. The NTUH program she designed was evidence-based, holistic and intensive which required interprofessional collaboration. Quit rates were above the national average. She brought over $10,000,000 in federal and state funding for NTUH.


    Because of this advocacy, the Governor of Nevada appointed her for eight years to sit on a taskforce to oversee the distribution of the tobacco master settlement dollars. In collaboration with tobacco control advocates and with her knowledge of comprehensive tobacco control, advocacy, interprofessional relationship dynamics, Nevada was able create a comprehensive tobacco control program leading to the decrease in prevalence of tobacco use from 28% in 1997 to 19.4 % in 2015.


    Her passion for policy work led her to helping 11 Las Vegas hospitals become tobacco-free. She shared with administration and staff evidence-based practices, consulted on institutional policy development and conducted staff training. She worked with 50 accountable care organizations, 16 federally qualified health centers and state and three local county health departments to create tobacco use polices during routine patient care.


    In 2012, she started working with then Philippine Secretary of Health to create a national quitline in the Philippines. She advocated for access to services on behalf of Filipinos who smoke. Progress includes comprehensively addressing tobacco use at Philippine Lung Center and the Tobacco Cessation Clinic remains in place. In collaboration with private advocacy groups, she was able to publish a smoking cessation series in a Philippine newspaper, with a circulation of over three million.


    She is currently working with Philippine health care and nursing school leaders to plan the dissemination of brief intervention for addressing tobacco use. In collaboration with the Western Visayan Region Nurses Association, she integrated evidence-based interventions in a ready to use tool to facilitate addressing tobacco use in twenty-five schools and three healthcare organizations. They are continuing to work together to address implementation opportunities with plans to expand to more schools and organizations. The structure and relationships created from this work is intended to create a seamless process of disseminating evidence-based practice information among nursing schools in the Philippines.


    In 2015, she started working with US nursing programs to emphasize the importance of the role of nurses in comprehensive tobacco control programs at the local, state, national and international levels. She advocated for the integration of brief interventions for tobacco use in the curriculum. She provided resources and technical assistance to faculty responsible for integrating the brief intervention content in a course. As a result of this work, smoking cessation is now integrated in the health, wellness and prevention course in 21 undergraduate nursing, a large RN to BSN, and one FNP programs.


    Katherine Fornili, DNP, MPH, RN, CARN

    Dr. Fornili has a baccalaureate degree in nursing and a masters’ degree in public health from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in community/public health nursing with an emphasis on addictions nursing from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. As a doctoral student, she served in internships at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Division of Pharmacologic Therapies (DPT) and at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).


    She has been a public health nurse for over 30 years, and an experienced grant-writer since 1993. She originally focused on maternal-child health, primary care and communicable disease control, but have served in leadership roles in substance use disorder prevention, treatment and research at the city, state and national levels since 1997. She has been certified in addictions registered nursing (CARN) since 1999. Her main interests include primary care and behavioral health integration, screening and brief intervention (SBIRT), pharmacological therapies (specifically buprenorphine initiatives), infectious disease, health policy, and health disparities.


    She has extensive state agency experience, where she led grant-writing teams for a number of block grant- and categorical grant-funded community-based substance use disorder prevention and treatment programs. She has developed curricula and conducted educational programs for nurses, physicians, dentists, insurance case managers and addiction counselors.


    A full-time Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing since 2005, Dr. Fornili provides clinical instruction in community/public health nursing in addition to teaching an undergraduate elective called Addiction, Society and the Role of the Nurse and research methods for evidence-based practice, as well as graduate level grant-writing, biostatistics, and nursing theory for DNP students. At her clinical practice, she and her students conduct assessment, care coordination and health promotion services in downtown Baltimore for formerly homeless men with histories of drug/alcohol addiction and/or incarceration.


    Dr. Fornili has presented at almost every IntNSA conference since 2002. She was the recipient of IntNSA's Community Service/Advocacy Award (2008) and Outstanding Contributions to Administration/Management in Addictions Nursing award (2003).


    She contributed content to numerous sections of the Core Curriculum of Addiction Nursing, Second Edition (2006), and to a lesser extent, the Addictions Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (2013).


    She has served on the Editorial Board of Journal of Addictions Nursing since 2003 and is now an Associate Editor. She was guest editor of the Journal’s Policy Watch column from 2005 to 2011; and was the Co-Editor of the Journal’s special issue on Recovery and Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care-ROSC (Volume 27(2), April/June 2016). She has published 17 of her 19 professional publications in the Journal of Addictions Nursing. She was also the co-author of SAMHSA’s Technical Assistance Publication #30: Buprenorphine: A Guide for Nurses (2009).


    Dr. Fornili is currently completing her 3rd term on IntNSA’s Board of and as the Chair of IntNSA’s Health Policy Task Force since 2004.


    In that capacity, she has led IntNSA’s efforts to amend federal legislation to enable buprenorphine prescribing by advanced practice nurses since 2004, leading IntNSA’s letter writing with Susanne Fogger and Dana Murphy-Parker to the TREAT Act bill sponsors and committee members, and subsequently advocating for independent practice nurse practitioner prescriptive authority language which was included in the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act CARA 2016 . She went to Capitol Hill with a dozen nursing students to meet with the Congressional staff person responsible for the House Subcommittee on Health, and to hand deliver IntNSA fliers to committee members.


    Dr. Fornili has represented IntNSA and made presentations about NP prescriptive authority and safe opioid prescribing at numerous national meetings over the past several years, including Friends of NIDA, the Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence, and the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose.


    She represented IntNSA at the National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month celebration at the White House in 2014. In April 2016, she attended, with IntNSA president Dana Murphy-Parker, the White House Champions of Change event both as a representative of IntNSA as well as a representative of the University of Maryland School of Nursing, in support of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) efforts to combat opioid use disorders by incorporating safe prescribing guidelines into advanced practice nursing program curricula.


    Now that CARA legislation has been passed and NPs do have prescriptive authority, Dr. Fornili just last weekend testified on behalf of IntNSA at a Dept. of Health and Human Services public comment hearing to advocate for IntNSA to become an approved provider of the 24-hour training required under CARA.


    Dr. Fornili has made a long-term commitment to IntNSA which will take her into the next decade of service to IntNSA. She is the new President-Elect for 2016-2018; and will become President of IntNSA for the 2018-2020 term.


    EM Garcia, PhD, DHEd, DNS, MBA, MA, RN, FACLNC

    Dr. EM V. Garcia has a diverse background in leadership and management. He has first-hand experience in all areas of hospital clinical operations, risk management, quality improvement, accreditation and certification, and clinical service line developments. He has served nonprofit and for profit community hospitals and health systems as an educator, program manager, director, executive director, chief nursing officer, chief operating officer, and hospital administrator. His nursing experience spans to more than 20 years in practice. His progressive experience and growth led organizations to increased productivity, effectiveness, and efficiency.

    Currently, Dr. Garcia leads, manages, and collaborates with more than 1,000 nursing, clinical, and allied health professionals. He also supports a multispecialty medical staff members of more than 600 physicians, physician assistants, and advanced practice registered nurses. Through his leadership, he led his organizations to achieve state, national, and accreditation recognitions in the areas of patient experience, quality, and clinical excellence.


    Dr. Garcia’s core strengths are in program development, physician and staff engagement, and leading practice implementation and evaluation. He is passionate about nursing excellence by designing and implementing systems and processes that achieve favorable nursing-sensitive outcome measures.


    Dr. Garcia’s passion extends beyond acute care and chronic disease management. He is committed to serving the vulnerable and highly stigmatized population, particularly those afflicted with substance abuse. He believes in the science of addictions, specifically the subjects involving neurobiology, vulnerability, genetics, environmental factors, and co-morbid disease states such as mental illness. As a result, Dr. Garcia took an opportunity to establish a medically supervised, acute medical detoxification program at a community hospital in Los Angeles, California. In fact, the program will be undergoing a certification by the Joint Commission in early 2017. The program utilizes a whole-person approach in the provision of care, addressing biophysical, psychosocial, and behavioral conditioning. The client-centered care affords the individual recognition of the need to improve the value of social support, strengthening of inhibitory control and decision making, enhancing stress management, and viewing self-worth.


    Dr. Garcia developed continuing education courses in the fields of legal nursing consultancy and forensic nursing. He served as an Associate Dean for Accreditation & Student Affairs and taught graduate and doctoral courses at best ranking universities in nursing, health science and education, community and global health. He remains as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Nursing Scholarship.


    Dr. EM V. Garcia interest involves the improvement of the client-centered model utilizing innovative and integrative approach in the care, treatment, and management of individuals with substance use and eating disorders. He works with addictions specialists and primary care providers in acute and community-based/residential care settings, as well as emergency medical systems to identify, assess, examine, measure, and evaluate clinical processes, systems, interventions, and outcomes. He strongly proposes to nurses, physicians, and allied health disciplines and specialties to learn about the science behind substance dependence, the essential care planning and interventions, and the continuing needs of the addicted clients throughout the recovery continuum. Dr. Garcia is the Founding President of The California State Chapter of The International Nurses Society on Addictions; and he supports the causes of the Foundation on Addictions Nursing; and the Addictions Nursing Certification Board.


    Donna Kazemi, PhD, MSN

    Donna is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Her program of research and teaching has focused on the assessment, treatment, and prevention of alcohol induced disorders among vulnerable populations such as young adults, college students, military personnel, and underserved ethnic minority populations. Her program of research leading to a number of published articles promotes a multifaceted integrated approach that addressed the impact of high risk addictive behaviors on individual, community, and society. Over a fifteen-year career at UNC Charlotte, Dr. Kazemi has directed interdisciplinary research projects that focus on high risk alcohol induced disorders. She is principal investigator or has been co-investigator on grants that address alcohol abuse totaling over $5 million in funding from national nonprofit organizations and federal agencies including the National Institutes of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Department of Defense (DOD).


    Dr. Kazemi serves on numerous local, regional and national organizations, including the American Public Health Association, Public Health Education and Health Promotion (PHEHP), American College Health Association, Southern Nurses Research Society (SNRS), Alcohol Tobacco and other Drug (ATOD) Coalition, American Association of Community Nurse Educators, Student Advisory Wellness Group (SWAG), and the Mecklenburg County Drug Free Coalition (MCDFC).


    Dana Murphy-Parker, MS, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP

    Dana has been a member of The International Nurses Society on Addictions since 1994, when IntNSA was the National Nurses Society on Addictions (NNSA). In 1994, Dana attended the NNSA Annual Conference held in Charlottesville, Virginia. At that conference, Dana knew she was in the right place, and she has attended every annual conference since 1994 with the exception of the 2004 conference due to starting a new position in New York City.

    Dana is a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She graduated with a ADN in 1982 at Red River Community College in Winnipeg, Manitoba; a BSN in 1984 from the Medical College of Georgia (now Augusta University), and a MS from the University of Colorado, Denver, in 1999, as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. Dana also has two Post Master’s Certifications: Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Rush University in 2008, and a Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from University of Colorado, Denver, in 2011.

    Since 2000, Dana has worked in an academic setting, holding faculty positions at Arizona Western College, New York University, University of Wyoming, and currently is the Co-Track Director of the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions in Philadelphia, PA. Dana maintains a clinical practice one day a week in Philadelphia in a Community Mental Health Clinic. In both her academic classroom, and clinical practice setting, Dana incorporates addictions content and addictions screening, and more, when needed, for education with all of her students and patients.

    Dana’s service to IntNSA has been extensive over the years. Dana first served on the IntNSA Board of Directors (BOD) from 1998 -2000, when she chaired the Position Paper Committee. Dana was also elected to the BOD from 2001-2003 and again, from 2003-2005. From 2001-2003, Dana chaired the Education Committee, and from 2003-2005, Dana chaired the Practice Committee. Dana also started and was President of the Colorado Chapter of NNSA from 1995-1998. At the IntNSA Conference in 2005, Dana was awarded the Annual Education Award from IntNSA. Dana has also been the conference chair for two of IntNSA’s Annual Conferences; 2009 when IntNSA partnered with The American Association of Nurse Attorneys in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Dana chaired the IntNSA 2013 Conference held in Washington, D.C titled Riding the Wave of Change in HealthCare: Interprofessional Collaboration and Caring for Substance Use Disorders. Dana is also a contributing author in the more recent editions of The Scope and Standards of Addictions Nursing, and the Core Curriculum of Addictions Nursing. Dana is a Certified Addictions Registered Nurse-AP (CARN-AP).

    Dana truly found her passion for IntNSA when she was appointed the Chair of the International Task Force in 1997. IntNSA change it’s name to include International in 2000. In 1997, Dana had been appointed as Chair of IntNSA’s International Committee. In this role, Dana forged relationships with many nurses working outside of the United States in the area of Addictions Nursing. One of the cornerstones of Dana’s Presidency of IntNSA from 2014-2016 has been to grow IntNSA internationally, with both international chapters and members. At this time, IntNSA has International Chapters in Ireland, Holland, Brazil, and Canada.

    Dana is honored to be inducted as a Fellow of the International Academy of Addictions Nursing (FIAAN), and makes the commitment to IntNSA to continue to develop IntNSA as a highly recognized unified global nursing organization focused in caring for patients, families and their communities on all substance use and addiction disorders.

    Phyllis Prekopa, Psy.D., BSN, CARN-AP, LCADC

    Dr. Phyllis Prekopa is a highly intelligent and compassionate professional with a depth of understanding, empathy, and willingness to help those in the throes of addiction. She not only makes contributions in her daily role as a provider for patients and their families, she is also a role model and mentor to her peers and disseminates addiction counseling information to other medical professionals and the public. Because of her positive disposition, her reflective way of operating, and her willingness to go above and beyond her role, she has touched the lives of many people. As an educator, Phyllis never leaves a question unanswered and always helps those experiencing addiction discover that addiction is not just about the drug of choice but rather about behavior and making choices.


    Phyllis has co-owned Drugcheck Consulting, a specialized drug testing company, since 2001. She has spent the last ten years as facilitator to several peer support groups through the Recovery and Monitoring Program (RAMP). She also worked as a Nurse Manger of a medical detox unit for five years and as a Director of Nursing and Family Counselor for two years prior to that. Her many years of working in the addiction field, both psychologically as a therapist and medically as a nurse, has earned her professional recognition and respect as a knowledgeable colleague and specialist in her fields of expertise. Two years ago she developed a new initiative; special mental health groups for nurses with co-occurring diagnoses through her work with RAMP.


    Dr. Prekopa has always been an innovator in her practice, in her business, and in RAMP. She is the only facilitator with four meetings, spread over the weekdays and weekends, to allow for the convenience of participants. These meetings give participants the feeling of hope, instead of despair, and help them to know that they will have a good chance of being able to return to their beloved professions.


    Despite an already impressive resume and busy schedule, Phyllis earned her Doctorate in Addictions Studies when she was 70 years old. She continues to influence political change, shares innovations in patient care and inspires others in the healthcare field.


    Stephen Strobbe, PhD, RN, PMNCNS-BC, CARN-AP

    Dr. Stephen Strobbe is Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN), and the Department of Psychiatry. He is board-certified both in psychiatric and addictions nursing. His professional background has included clinical care, research, administration, and education.


    As a registered nurse, Stephen designed and implemented an outpatient detoxification program in 1995, which later served as the basis for his first peer-reviewed publications. After entering advanced practice nursing in 1999, he piloted a substance use consultation service for ambulatory psychiatry at the University of Michigan. He then spent several years in addictions research. He was a member of the National Institute on Drug Abuse-Clinical Trials Network (NIDA-CTN), and was involved in local, national, and international studies. He was the first Clinical Director for the University of Michigan Addiction Treatment Services (UMATS, 2006-2010), for which he received the Administration and Management Award from the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA, 2007). He received his PhD in Nursing from the University of Michigan in 2009, with a concentration in bio-behavioral health. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and other works related to substance use and addictions nursing.


    Dr. Strobbe is Specialty Lead for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing at UMSN, where he teaches undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. He has been a visiting professor at the University of São Paulo (USP) in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil (2013), and Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand (2015). In 2015, Professor Strobbe received the 25th Annual Golden Apple Award, the only student-nominated and student-selected teaching award at the University of Michigan. He was invited to give his “ideal last lecture,” which was titled, “Lessons from an Imperfect Life: A Premature Last Lecture.” (Link to article and video: http://nursing.umich.edu/about-our-school/news-portal/201504/4401)


    Dr. Strobbe has been a member of IntNSA since 1996. He has been a Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN, 1999-2011), and a CARN-AP (Advanced Practice, since 2011). He has served on the Addictions Nursing Certification Board (ANCB, 2002-2007), the IntNSA Board of Directors (2010-2014), and the Editorial Board for the Journal of Addictions Nursing (2012-present). He has authored multiple position statements on behalf of IntNSA, often in collaboration with other professional nursing organizations. He has been a contributing author for other authoritative texts in addictions nursing, including Addictions Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (ANA, IntNSA, 2013), and the Core Curriculum of Addictions Nursing (IntNSA, 2015). Dr. Strobbe is the current President-Elect of IntNSA, and will assume the presidency of the organization in October, 2016. Stephen has also enjoyed the gift of continuous sobriety since Thanksgiving Day, 1986.


    In a nominating letter to the International Academy of Addictions Nursing, one colleague wrote, “To know Stephen is to experience his captivating and charismatic personality. One is drawn to his message, to his passion and commitment to what he does every day, to who he is, to his ideals and values. His entire career has centered on the message of hope in recovery, educating and leading, treating and encouraging, innovating and building up.” Another wrote, “I have known Dr. Strobbe since 1996 when he was a new and enthusiastic member of IntNSA. He was energetic, inquisitive, engaging and demonstrated an eagerness not only to learn but to contribute his time and talents to the needs of the Society…IntNSA has been the recipient of his visionary leadership for over 20 years. His contributions as a long-standing member, his tireless work on core IntNSA committees and his leadership on the Board of Directors have been instrumental on shaping the focus and policies of IntNSA and the addictions [nursing] specialty…We look forward to his continued contributions as President.”




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    Volume 7, Issue 1

    In this Issue:

    1. President’s Message - See below
    2. Treasurers Report
    3. IntNSA International Task Force Report
    4. 2015 Conference Report
    5. IntNSA Chapter Updates
    6. Journal of Addictions Nursing (JAN)
    7. FAN Announcements
    8. ANCB News
    9. In Memoriam
    10. IntNSA Board of Directors
    11. Editor and Contact


    Quick Links & Info:

    • Membership Dues
      Your membership with IntNSA will expire 01-July-2016. Login at http://www.intnsa.org to process your renewal online.
    • Donate to FAN When You Renew
      Want to donate to FAN when you submit your dues? It’s easy, just access your profile, http://www.intnsa.org/Sys/Profile/ click the “Renew until 01 Jul 2017”, then enter the amount you wish to donate, and submit your donation and dues in one payment! Or donation to FAN using the online donation form, http://www.intnsa.org/donate
    • IntNSA Benefits of Membership - Journal of Addiction Nursing, CE Discount
      IntNSA members receive a printed hard copy of JAN as well as online access to the journal archives. IntSNA members as well receive a 30% discount on the price of CE in this journal. Go to the JAN page in the “members only” section on the IntSNA website to take advantage of this benefit. 
    • IntNSA 2016 Annual Conference - Be on the lookout for the official call for papers, or check for updates at http://www.intnsa.org/conference.


    President's Message

    By Dana Murphy-Parker, MS, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP


    Hello IntNSA members, and Happy New Year! As we have turned the corner to 2016, I have been reflecting on IntNSA’s past year, and certainly focusing on the year ahead. All in all, I can say that we have had a very busy and a very successful year. I am most grateful to the IntNSA Board for all of the work they have focused on and all of the support they have provided for many of the goals that we have accomplished over the past year and for many of the upcoming goals.

    Our treasurer, Bill Lorman, has done a wonderful job improving IntNSA’s financial status. We are now financially as well off as we have ever been. We are in the position to not only invest money, but we are making decisions on how to spend money. For example, we are currently reviewing proposals to hire someone who has marketing expertise. We have a terrific Executive Director with Robert Ranieri, and others from Prime Management Services, who take care of the day to day operations. We have identified the need for a consultant with marketing expertise that can help grow IntNSA’s membership. Suzanne Kinkle, re-elected to the IntNSA Board this past October, is now chairing the Task Force for the Membership Survey. We will have this out to the members shortly. In terms of growing our membership, I want to reiterate that we are equally as committed to growing more USA Chapters as well as International Chapters, and I know you will find Dennis Hagarty and Carmel Clancy’s respective reports on these Task Forces for increasing chapters promising and interesting. Katherine Fornili, along with help from IntNSA Secretary, Susanne Fogger, has done remarkable work in contacting the appropriate Senators/Congressional Representatives to not only request their support for the TREAT ACT legislation, but also brought it to the attention of many other nursing organizations that language should be amended within the TREAT ACT so that WHEN APRNs are allowed to prescribe buprenorphine, they are allowed to prescribe buprenorphine in accordance with their individual State Nurse Practice Act, and not under the supervisor of a physician. All of us know how important it is to get this legislation passed because of the incredibly sad opioid epidemic, which include horrific number of people overdosing and dying from both prescription opioids and heroin. Allowing APRNs to prescribe buprenorphine will assist with the access to care issue. Another exciting development over the past few months, President-Elect Stephen Strobbe, is now working with the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) on a Joint Position Paper between IntNSA and ENA on focusing on the topic of Substance Use Disorders in the profession of nursing, and the need for alternative to discipline and peer assistance to care for our colleagues suffering from substance use disorders. Also, I want to mention our successful conference held in Charlotte this past October. Kudos to Dennis Hagarty as the liaison to the IntNSA Board, and to the North Carolina IntNSA Chapter’s leadership in planning and delivering such a great conference. Outstanding credit goes once again to Carmel Clancy for all of the work that she did to assure that IntNSA’s invitation to partner with the International Society of Addictions Medicine (ISAM) at their conference in Dundee, Scotland was well attended and also a success. Bill Lorman, Katherine Fornili and myself were also there to represent IntNSA.

    I am happy to report all of this to you. You will recall that when I became President of IntNSA in October, 2014, focusing on the Chapter Task Force, the International Task Force, the Membership Task Force, the Health Policy Task Force and the Position Paper Task Force were all included in my goals for the year, and I think we have achieved many successes in these areas. I learned many many years ago that ‘a good leader leads from behind’. To me, at that time, it continues to be my philosophy that a good leader knows the strengths of those around them and they are leaders who focus their work in areas of strengths, so I thank the IntNSA Board for all of their strengths and work over the past year. And I will say the same thing about our members. IntNSA would not exist without the membership. We ask you to get involved in any work that IntNSA is doing that is of interest to you.

    I’ll end by reporting that the IntNSA Board is planning another day and a half retreat this March in Philadelphia. Last year in March we held our “Strategic Planning” meeting in Philadelphia which resulted in many of our focused achievements. This year we are calling it our “Leadership Meeting” as we will build on our strategic goals from last year. I look forward to writing my next President’s report on the outcomes of our Leadership Meeting!

    Again, Happy New Year to all!



    Treasurer’s Report

    By Bill Lorman, JD, PhD, MSN, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP

    We continue our trend of positive financial movement even though we’ve had a few setbacks. We currently carry cash in excess of a quarter of a million dollars. The Board of Directors has authorized the creation of an investment portfolio for $100,000 composed of 75% low-risk stocks and 25% medium-risk stocks. Although the market has been fluctuating lately, we’ve still have unrealized earnings of almost $2,000 over the last few months.

    We are just shy of making our budget for membership. We currently carry a membership of 631 members. The Board of Directors have authorized the development of a Marketing Proposal which has already been distributed and we have several marketing companies who plan to bid. It is our hope to have a marketing partner who will help us become a much more visible organization to the nursing community.

    Another setback was our Annual Educational Conference. We budgeted a gain of $61,000 but ended up losing $10,000. Again, we are hoping a professional marketing company will help us better solicit exhibitors and sponsors.

    We expect to receive a good amount of money from the royalties generated from our revised Core Curriculum which has been very successful. Additionally, our renewed grant for Webinars in association with the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry will bring us $25,000 this fiscal year and another $50,000 over the next two years.

    We continue to evaluate uses of our money that will bring us the greatest return – in the provision of services both nationally and internationally, and other investments as we continue to plan for further expansion of our organization.




    IntNSA International Task Force Report

    Dr. Carmel Clancy, International Taskforce Chair

    The International Taskforce has been exceptionally busy and very successful in responding to its mandate since commencing its work programme in November 2014. This report offers members an overview of progress over the ensuing 15 months and outlines plans for the remainder of this term of office.

    Following a period of development work, In October 2015, the first chapter to be established outside of the North America region was achieved. Ireland under the presidency of Peter Kelly was inducted into IntNSA and was quickly followed by IntNSA Netherlands in November 2015, under the presidency of Yvonne Slee. This expansion is truly momentous and reinforces the commitment that the current President and IntNSA Board has given to ensure that the ‘international’ component of the organisation is reflected in its membership and not just in its name.

    Chapter development has been the main focus of work for the Taskforce, not least because by increasing chapters outside of the North American Region – international membership should follow, and thus overall growth for IntNSA will be enhanced. To this end – current plans for bringing on new chapters include:

    England: The Association of Nurses in Substance Abuse (ANSA) established over 30 years ago will be holding its AGM meeting on the 29th January 2016 with a motion to merge ANSA England into IntNSA England.

    Canada: Sue Newton, VP Operations Director for Health Upwardly Mobile, out of Calgary attended the IntNSA satellite meeting at the ISAM Congress in Dundee in October 2015. Following this connection Sue returned to Canada determined to set up an IntNSA chapter. Sue has now reported that there is a planned meeting on February 2nd 2016 in which she and at least 8 other interested nurses are exploring setting up a Canadian chapter. This development is extremely timely as ISAM 2016 Congress (originally planned for Rio in Brazil) will now be in Montreal in October 2016. We are really hoping that a newly established IntNSA chapter will be able to lead this congress and having already secured agreement from the ISAM president that IntNSA can have space at the congress, a similar IntNSA day to the Dundee meeting should be possible.

    Brazil: Dr. Divane Vargas hosted a National Addiction Nursing conference in June 2015 in São Paulo and kindly invited a member of the Taskforce (Dr Carmel Clancy) to attend and address the congress with respect to IntNSA, what it has to offer and the importance of establishing a chapter in Brazil, particularly as a potential gateway to the South American Region. Since this meeting in June Dr Vargas and senior nursing colleagues representing other areas of Brazil are currently working to complete the Chapter application form and it is anticipated that Brazil will formally be inducted as a chapter by the summer.

    Israel: Miriyam Farkash an academic nurse working in the Department of nursing, Recanati School for Community Health Professions, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is exploring how best to establish a chapter in this country. Miri a member of IntNSA, who has been attending IntNSA conferences for some time, and also participated in our Satellite meeting at ISAM, Dundee. Miri has opened up discussions with nursing and associated medical organisations with the intention to get a foothold for IntNSA in this region. Miri is currently planning a meeting of nurses in the near future – and both the President of IntNSA Dana Murphy-Parker and the chair of the international taskforce Carmel Clancy are working to support Miri locally in her efforts.

    Albania/Balkans: Alma Pula is hoping to support the development of an IntNSA chapter in the Balkans. We are very much in early days as this area is particularly underdeveloped with respect to ‘specialist’ addiction nursing roles and has significant economic challenges, which will influence set up costs etc.

    Australia: Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia (DANA) is an organisation operating out of Australia and covers Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea and neighboring islands in the Pacific Ocean. It describes itself as the “peak-nursing organization in Australasia providing leadership to nurses and midwives with a professional interest in Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) issues”. Naturally given the focus of the group IntNSA is keen to explore how to form a relationship with this organization. In October 2015 this Taskforce Chair made contact with Margo Hickman the current secretary who replied warmly to IntNSA reaching out. DANA’s committee were due to meet over the coming months and we anticipate hearing back from them so that we might explore how best to establish a relationship on ‘international matters’ related to addiction nursing and practice. The Taskforce will report any updates on this work as appropriate.

    Japan/Korea: We have been very fortunate to welcome a Japanese IntNSA member to recent IntNSA conferences. Via Katherine Fornili we are hoping to make some further connections into Japan and South Korea over the coming months.

    Other related developments
    As a result of the work described – a number of exciting international events are planned for the coming months:

    IntNSA (Ireland Chapter) will be hosting their first IntNSA conference on the 10th June 2016. This one day conference which has received government funding, which is remarkable given the short history of IntNSA in Ireland and indicative of the important role IntNSA will play at a national level. In addition to inviting IntNSA’s President Dana Murphy-Parker, and the chair of the international Taskforce to address the conference, they have a number of leading addiction specialists from Ireland, UK and the Netherlands speaking. Peter Kelly the President of the Chapter and his Board are excited by the possible opportunities this event will give to ‘showcasing’ addiction nursing in Ireland and hopefully recruit more members for IntNSA. This event will be in Dublin, Ireland and open to all IntNSA members. Peter and colleagues are hoping that American IntNSA members with ties to Ireland will seize this opportunity to visit family and friends.

    IntNSA (Netherlands Chapter) have secured agreement to host a one day mini-conference on the 16th June 2016 on addiction nursing as part of the Dutch National Mental Health Nursing Conference. Given the timing of this event – plans are currently being explored for the IntNSA President to attend, along with the International Taskforce Chair who has been invited to speak.

    ISAM 2016 - Montreal, Canada October 20-22, 2016
    We intend to begin work in earnest with respect to the next ISAM congress. On the back of an extremely successful satellite IntNSA meeting at the ISAM Congress in Dundee - we were able to achieve the following in discussion with the ISAM President. The outcomes are:

    • That IntNSA and ISAM should explore and progress their relationship to reflect the importance of inter professional and multidisciplinary working in the treatment of alcohol, tobacco and AOD disorders across the globe.

    • To facilitate IntNSA’s presence at ISAM’s Congresses – by including opportunities for Satellite meetings.

    Sue Newton has kindly offered (hopefully with a newly established IntNSA Canada Chapter) to lead on working with ISAM on getting a satellite meeting set up. More to follow on this as plans begin to take shape. In the mean time you may wish to check out the ISAM website for the next congress. http://www.csam-smca.org/events/csam-xxvi-annual-meeting-and-scientific-conference-from-october-20-22-2016/.

    What can I do as an IntNSA Member?
    If you are interested in getting involved in the International Taskforce work please let us know. We are keen for all IntNSA members to employ their personal contacts, links, and networks to assist with building the international ‘map’ of IntNSA. Please contact Carmel Clancy, c.clancy@mdx.ac.uk with ideas, suggestions, and international contacts that you would like to pursue/follow up and she will be delighted to take you through the steps on how best to achieve this.



    2015 Conference Report


    Dennis E. Hagarty, MSN, CNS, CARN-AP, LCAS co-chair 39th Conference

    The Annual IntNSA Education Conference was held in Charlotte NC October 22 -24. This was a well attended conference with 190 registered attendees and sponsors. This is the most attended IntNSA conference in recent memory and possibly the most attended. Despite this being the fourth year the conference has been held on the east coast there were registrants from 29 states and five foreign countries. Thirty-six breakout sessions accommodated 40 presenters on various topics relating to addiction. Topics were related to the conference theme Living, Teaching and Modeling in Addictions Nursing: Biopsychosocialspiritual Approach. New areas including complimentary modalities were presented. Keynote speakers included Katheren Kelly on Soul Health, Omar Manjawalla on Cravings, Tammy Bell presented on a Developmental Model of Recovery. Other Keynotes included Fred Brasson II on the Lazarus Project for opioid prevention and intervention in a community based effort to reduce overdoses. Dr. Wyatt presented on Substance use disorders in primary care. Another keynote presenting at Thursdays lunch was Liza Marzilli talking about mindfulness and yoga in recovery.

    The breakfast with the Experts returned this year to the conference format. The awards dinner honored IntNSA members for their work relating to substance use and treatment. Nominated by peers, these awards recognize the contributions or addictions nurses that would go unnoticed otherwise. You may want to consider nominating a colleague for next year’s awards. See http://www.intnsa.org/about/awards to consider nominating a peer.

    The conference ended with a trip through the mountains of North Carolina. Participants were treated to a beautiful foliage of Autumn colors as they traveled to Asheville, NC. This culminated in a tour of The Biltmore House. A 250-room chateau build by George Vanderbilt. This was a grand conclusion to an inspiring educational experience. Hoping to see everyone for next year’s 40 Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Don’t forget to bring a friend.



    IntNSA Chapter Updates

    Dennis E. Hagarty, MSN, RN, CARN-AP, LCAS, Chair, Chapter Task Force

    The Mission of IntNSA: To advance excellence in nursing care for the prevention and treatment of addictions for diverse populations across all practice setting through advocacy, collaboration, education, research and policy development.

    Fulfillment of the IntNSA mission is accomplished by dedicated nurses working in Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Dissemination of knowledge to accomplished this mission comes through a variety of opportunities. These include the annual Education Conference, participation in the PCSS-O webinar series, The Journal of Addictions Nursing, the CARN Study Guide, and the recently published CORE Curriculum. IntNSA’s real strength is its members. As IntNSA continues to expand across the world, chapters are important way to share this knowledge and provide support to the nurse caring for a difficult population.

    Local contact is essential to support the Mission of IntNSA. Individual members grow when they are supported in their mission. This support is best meet through fellowship offered in local Chapters. Nurses working in SUD and other areas such as Emergency Departments, Outpatient Clinics, Primary Care, and Acute Care can benefit from information IntNSA members have as we are the experts.

    Forming a local chapter provides nurses with additional resources and forums to share their expertise and discuss local and regional issues. IntNSA is committed to developing a wide reaching and vibrant chapter system. Some of the services IntNSA provides to support this endeavor include a chapter handbook available on the website at http://www.intnsa.org/networking. In addition, IntNSA offers assistance in the form of a one-time grant of up to $500 to support the startup process. Another incentive is a reduction of dues for the charter chapter officers in recognition of the work necessary to develop a chapter. IntNSA will also provide contact information on active IntNSA members in the local area.

    Currently there are three active chapters in the United States and two International Chapters one in Ireland and most recently, one in Holland. Massachusetts, North Carolina, and the newest US chapter Connecticut are going strong. Maryland is rumored to be submitting a request to start a chapter. Several chapters have gone inactive and are in need of help to revive them. Recent chapters that are inactive include New York, Southern California, and New Jersey. Chapters that have folded over the past 5 years include Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Florida.

    On the Bright side many members have expressed interest developing local chapters. Nurses in Georgia, Arkansas, Texas, Idaho, Sacramento, Minnesota, Nebraska, Idaho and New Mexico have expressed interest. Several Nurses in Canada including Victoria, Ontario and Toronto have also expressed interest in working with others on this endeavor. However, they can’t do it alone. Many nurses stopped by the chapter formation table during the meet the expert’s session, at the conference and expressed interest in working on chapter start-up. Nurses in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Las Vegas, and Saskatchewan Canada were very enthusiast. There is evidence that members are interested in participating in chapter start-up. As IntNSA membership grows we encourage you to reach out to fellow nurses locally to consider joining or starting a local chapter.

    The Chapter Develop Task Force is looking for members to help support chapter growth and development. This is an important way to participate in the Mission of IntNSA. Interested parties should contact IntNSA at intnsa@primemanagement.net and you will be connected with the Chairperson of this task Group.




    Journal of Addictions Nursing (JAN)

    By: Christine Vourakis, Editor

    Update on Volume 26 and 27
    Issue 26(4) is in print. Work on 27(1) is near completion and on schedule.

    Update on Special Topic Issues
    The special topic issue on “Recovery Oriented Systems of Care”, Edited by Katherine Fornili and Mary Moller is on schedule and on target for the 27(2) issue. Manuscripts for their issue continue to be in the review process.

    Beginning papers for the special topic issue “Eating Disorders”, edited by Jan Feigenbaum and Stacen Keating (NYU are expected to begin the review process in the next month or so and the Editors continue to solicit authors. We are still expecting a 27(4) publication but will delay until volume 28 if necessary.

    Editor has followed up with Madeline Naegle and Merry Armstrong on “Addiction and the Role of Nursing” and awaiting and updated response on the call-for-papers.

    A message was sent to special topic Editors, Christien Loth and Wim Houtjes, and still awaiting response for status.

    Update on the use of Social Media
    JAN now has both a Facebook and a Twitter account. Carolyn Baird is monitoring the Facebook account and updating periodically. The Editor is also in the process of creating a link with her Pinterest account. Consideration of Pod Casts and other media is in the works.

    Change in Editorial Assistant Staff
    Sabrina McKinney has stepped down as an Editorial Assistant due to work and family responsibilities and Heidi Travis (BA in Sociology) has agreed to accept the role.

    Changes in Editorial Board
    Ruby Martinez has resigned from the Editorial Board as she is retired from the University of Colorado and all work oriented commitments. Suzanne Fogger and Ann Mitchell have agreed to join the Editorial Board.

    Change in Senior Publisher
    Natalie McGroarty has accepted another position with LWW and our new Senior Publisher is Maryanne Kerr. We are looking forward to working with Marrianne.




    FAN Announcements

    William Carrick and Carolyn Baird

    The Foundation for Addiction Nursing (FAN) was established as a 501(c)3 to support the mission of the International Nurses Society on Addiction (IntNSA). The primary activities of FAN are to cultivate resources to advance the profession of addictions nursing, develop partnerships with individuals and organizations, and, together with the members of the organization, identify initiatives to advance the specialty. As the charitable arm of IntNSA, FAN offers an opportunity for individuals to make tax deductible donations in support of FAN’s work. The Trustees of FAN would like to thank the many IntNSA members and friends for their support this past year through direct contributions to FAN, participation in the annual Silent Auction, and by purchasing merchandise for sale at the IntNSA conference.

    One of the ways in which FAN advances the profession of addictions nursing is through the awarding of conference scholarships and the Board of Directors’ Research Award. This past year FAN was proud to be able to offer five Scholarships to the IntNSA conference valued at over $1,000 per scholarship. FAN also awarded a $3,000 Board of Directors’ (BODs) Research Award.

    The FAN Trustees meet monthly and are actively looking for new ways to support the mission of FAN and IntNSA. We are particularly focused on recovery oriented fundraising ideas for the 2016 IntNSA conference in Las Vegas. Ideas could include activities and items for the Silent Auction or for sale at the conference. Feel free to contact any trustee of FAN with any suggestions you might have (http://www.intnsa.org/fan_trustees).

    Our newest Trustee, Sharon Morello (Rhode Island), will be supervising the Silent Auction. Our Secretary, Nancy Altman (North Carolina), will be supervising merchandise for sale, and our Past President, Diane Snow (Texas), will be our lead person for the BODs Research Award.

    It’s not too early to think about items you might donate to FAN’s Silent Auction. In the past we have had handmade quilts, art work, Christmas ornaments, timeshares at vacation locations, theme baskets, books, jewelry, and even an African Safari! Remember your donations to the Silent Auction fund the majority of the Scholarships and BODs Research Award and they are tax deductible. Start thinking now about the creative, unique, and fun items you want to donate to support FAN’s Silent Auction.





    ANCB News

    At the 2015 IntNSA Conference, ANCB bid farewell to long time ANCB member (and former Chair), Virginia Coletti. Ginny retired from ANCB after seven years of service! Ginny’s long time dedication to certification will be missed!

    An item writing workshop was held at the IntNSA conference October 20-21st

    • Subject Matter Experts (SME) hailed from east to west
    • 2 CARNs + 1 CARN board member
    • 2 CARN + 1 CARN-AP board member

    Center for Nursing Education (C-NET) Lead by Andrew Karle brought a total of 5 staff members from Jersey City N.J. to facilitate review of current exam items and to develop new items. The workshop was a success on many levels:

    • We met CARN and CARN-APs from across the country
    • We learned new information from each other
    • These nurses are working in the field
    • Great items written and more items banked

    Criteria Changes October 1, 2016

    • Certification exam will be offered year round
    • Candidates will have 90 days to schedule and take the exam
    • A one-time only extension with fee will be granted for 90 additional days

    This decision was borne from YOUR comments!!

    Did You Know?
    The Retired Credential

    The Addiction Nursing Certification Board offers a Retired Status credential in recognition of retired nurses’ service and commitment to the specialty practice of addiction nursing, as well as their achievement and maintenance of the CARN/CARN-AP credential prior to retirement. As such, ANCB offers CARNs/CARN-APs who are retiring from professional nursing the option to retain their credential in a retired capacity through the CARN-Retired credential or CARN-AP-Retired. To apply, the certified individual must complete the application for Retired status and must submit a copy of the applicant’s government issued photo ID.

    To obtain Retired status, the applicant must meet the following criteria: The applicant must have previously held an ANCB credential (CARN or CARN-AP) for at least two consecutive certification periods (8 uninterrupted years), and must not be actively practicing.

    If approved, the applicant may use the Retired status to acknowledge a previously active credential, and the accomplishments thus signified, in correspondence, and in attendance at International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) membership events or at addictions continuing education activities.

    If the applicant chooses to return to practice and wishes to again hold the active credential, he/she must meet current eligibility criteria and again certify by examination.

    Application for the Retired credential requires a one-time fee of $100. The required fee is a one-time fee only. The one-time fee is waived for an applicant who holds current membership in the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA). The rationale for this fee schedule is to encourage and retain distinguished alumni as full IntNSA members. The Retired credential does not expire or need to be renewed.

    To apply for the Retired credential simply contact ANCB for an application six months prior to expiration of current certification. Once your application and fee have been processed, your Retired credential certificate will be mailed to you within four to six weeks.



    In Memoriam

    Adrian McCoy, a longtime member of IntNSA and a founding member of the NC IntNSA Chapter, died on November 19, 2015 surrounded by fellow nurses, at the age of 59.
    Adrian relocated from Alabama to Charlotte, North Carolina in the early 1990s after having earned a BA in psychology.  Upon his arrival in NC he worked as a psychiatric technician in a short-term mental health crisis stabilization unit, returning to school and earning his BSN from Queens University in 1994. He received the Jones Image of Nursing Award from Queens University and was a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.   He held behavioral health nursing positions at several facilities in Charlotte, including the Center for Mental Health, Presbyterian Hospital  and Mecklenburg County Substance Abuse Services Center (SASC).  He held a variety of clinical and management positions, working with both adults and children, many of whom experienced co-occurring disorders.  He returned to school at UNC Charlotte, where he earned a Master of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in 2000.  He became certified by ANCC as both a Clinical Specialist in Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing and an Adult Nurse Practitioner in Psych/Mental Health.
    During and since that time Adrian served and was recognized by his profession and his community in a number of capacities.  He was an active member of the Charlotte Area Psychiatric Nurses Association.   He became a NC Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, and served for several years on the NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board.  He earned his CARN-AP certification through ANCB.  He was recognized as a Master Addictions Counselor by NAADAC and the National Board of Addiction and Forensics Counselors. He was a member of the Advanced Practice Council of the NC Nurses Association. He attended many IntNSA Annual Conferences and was especially excited when the Conference was anywhere near a Casino, he enjoyed gambling ( in a healthy way)  and was pretty good at it.
    He retired as the Nurse Practitioner for Mecklenburg County’s SASC in February 2015 after 15 years of service to the County.  Adrian had been in declining health since suffering a debilitating stroke in June of 2015..  He was preceded in death by his life partner, Jack Carnes, in April 2015.  Adrian left behind many devoted friends and colleagues.  Those of us who knew him professionally will remember him as a committed advocate for the populations with which he worked.  Those who knew him personally will always regard him as a generous and loyal friend who accepted us exactly as we are. He was a kind gentle soul who was always willing to help. He will be missed greatly.
    Donations can be made to the NC Chapter of IntNSA, please send to Connie Mele, 3623 Sandalwood Drive, Waxhaw, NC 28173 or to the ASPCA.



    IntNSA News Wave

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    Al Rundio, Jr., PhD, DNP, RN, APRN, NEA-BC,, CARN-AP, DPNAP, FIAAN

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    Volume 6, Issue 2

    In this Issue:

    1. President’s Message - See below
    2. Treasurers Report
    3. 2015 Conference Report
    4. ANCB Report
    5. FAN News
    6. JAN Quarterly Report
    7. Revised Core Curriculum
    8. FIAAN Update
    9. IntNSA Board of Directors
    10. Editor and Contact

    Quick Links & Info:

    • Membership Dues
      Your membership with IntNSA will expire 01-July-2015. Login at http://www.intnsa.org to process your renewal online.
    • Donate to FAN When You Renew
      Want to donate to FAN when you submit your dues? It’s easy, just access your profile, http://www.intnsa.org/Sys/Profile/ click the “Renew until 01 Jul 2016”, then enter the amount you wish to donate, and submit your donation and dues in one payment!
    • IntNSA Benefits of Membership - Journal of Addiction Nursing, CE Discount
      IntNSA members receive a printed hard copy of JAN as well as online access to the journal archives. IntSNA members as well receive a 30% discount on the price of CE in this journal. Go to the JAN page in the “members only” section on the IntSNA website to take advantage of this benefit. 



    President's Message

    By Dana Murphy-Parker, MS, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP


    Greetings to everyone, and I hope that you are enjoying some springtime weather. For me, after our harsh winter weather in Philadelphia, spring time weather is welcomed!


    In fact, it had snowed quite a lot on March 20th, a Friday that IntNSA Board members came together in Philadelphia for our strategic planning meeting. Yet, despite the cold weather, it was a very exciting and productive strategic planning event. We met for 2 days, March 21 and 22 and had great discussions on where IntNSA is now and where we want to take IntNSA.


    Our secretary, Dennis Hagarty sent out a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) survey to all Board members prior to the meeting. For the meeting, Dennis compiled these results into one document. The first part of the first morning, IntNSA Board members discussed the SWOT. This was extremely helpful, and from this, the Board was able to develop our top 3 priorities for IntNSA.


    The 3 priorities are:

    1. To be a global leader in Addictions Nursing. This is also IntNSA’s Vision Statement. Historically IntNSA has drawn its membership from mostly within the United States of America with a few exceptions, reflective of its origins as a national organization (i.e. NNSA until 2000). Consequently the IntNSA Governing Board reflects this membership. IntNSA, in recognition of this history, has been moving towards ensuring that the organization is reflective of its name, and in an effort to widen its constituency, IntNSA members elected the first international member to the Board, Dr. Carmel Clancy, from London, in October, 2014. Carmel is leading the Task Force for International Development, and has determined objectives for leading IntNSA forward internationally. These objectives are:
      1. Exploring IntNSA’s international position with respect to membership outside of North America; branding as it relates to a wider global audience; and perception of IntNSA’s role and offer to the wider global nursing community.
      2. Positioning IntNSA to widen its membership and growth to include chapters that are outside of North America.
      3. Supporting IntNSA to develop a long term and sustainable model/framework that supports objectives 1 & 2.

      There have already been some exciting developments as we have an application for a Chapter in Ireland! This is wonderful news, and Carmel is busy recruiting other nurses from other countries with the goal of developing more international chapters. IntNSA Board Members, Ann Mitchell and Lynn Shell are working with Carmel on this task force.

    2. Increase membership of IntNSA. As of this writing, we have 660 members in our organization. There has been a steady increase over this past year. As a reminder, IntNSA renewal notices are being sent out during this time, and I encourage everyone to continue your membership!

      The membership Task Force is being led by IntNSA Board member, Donna White, from Boston. You will recall that in the last IntNSA News wave, Donna discussed networking with collegial nursing organizations that have mutual or common interests addressing the issue of addiction in the patients they care for and treat. This goal is right in line with IntNSA’s Mission, “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.” As nurses who work in addictions, we know that people needing care and treatment of substance use disorders present across a broad spectrum of different specialties of health care. Many of our members spend time presenting on addictions to other specialty nursing organizations to help them to better understand addictions and how best to care for this population. As a follow up, Donna has comprised a letter which any of us can use to send out to colleagues who are working with other nursing organizations. Feel free to use this letter with other colleagues that you know.

      Download a word document of the letter below.

      Carla Garcia, IntNSA Board member, and Bill Carrick, President of Foundations of Addictions Nursing (FAN) are also working with Donna on this Task Force. Please get in touch with Donna, Carla or Bill for any ideas you have on taking the lead on increasing the membership of IntNSA.


    3. Accreditation of the CARN and CARN-AP Certification Exams. Rosemary Smentkowski, Chair of the Addictions Nursing Certification Board (ANCB) along with ANCB’s Executives, Suzan Blacher, Colleen LaBelle and Elizabeth Fildes have been working closely with the Center for Nursing Education and Testing (C-NET) as ANCB moves towards the goal of having our 2 CARN exams accredited. Please see the article from ANCB within this newsletter.

    As mentioned, the IntNSA Board members left the strategic planning meeting feeling energized and excited about the entire weekend meeting and the goals which we will attain! I am reaching out to you as members to please let myself or anyone else on the Board know of any interest you have in getting involved with IntNSA’s goals. IntNSA could not exist without members, and we value your thoughts and contributions!



    Treasurer’s Report – Spring, 2015

    By Bill Lorman, JD, PhD, MSN, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP


    The end of March brings additional good news. We have more than a quarter of a million dollars in cash and so we are prepared for any contingency that may occur. This gives us some ‘breathing room’ to think about expansion of services. Our cash position is directly related to the royalties received from our Journal operations where we received $75,000 from the publisher as a result of extraordinary accessing of the journal. This more than makes up for the losses incurred in other areas of operations which were reported in the last report. We expect to begin to receive money from our grant through the American Academy of Addictions Psychiatry. Additionally, we are looking forward to a spectacular launch of our revised Core Curriculum which will be published in May. We are preparing to begin the process of budget formation for the coming fiscal year and I, along with the Finance Committee, will be looking at expected sources and uses of revenues and we hope, with the work of our Membership Task Force, that we will have an even more successful 2015-16 fiscal year.




    2015 Conference Report


    Dennis Hagarty, Secretary to IntNSA

    The call for abstracts has past. It is amazing that over 60 abstracts have been submitted. This includes oral presentations, symposiums, posters, and keynote speakers. The abstract committee will have a difficult time determining the lineup from all the experts who have submitted. Thanks those submitting an abstract. You should be hearing shortly from the committee. This year has seen the most abstracts submitted in many years. There are a lot of great topics supporting this year’s theme Living, Teaching and Modeling in addictions Nursing: Biopsychosocialspiritual Approaches.

    The conference committee and the NC Chapter will be hard at work over the next several weeks preparing for the 39th annual IntNSA Conference. The social event has yet to be finalized. Watch your emails for information about registration.

    Don’t forget to nominate a colleague for an IntNSA Award. Descriptions of the awards can be found on the IntNSA website. Nomination forms can also be found at http://www.intnsa.org/about/awards.  We are the experts and know of a nurse who deserves to be recognized for their expertise.

    Mark your calendar now for the Pre-Conference on October 21th and the Conference on October 22-24 in Charlotte NC. Start now arranging your schedule to come to North Carolina in the fall. You won’t be disappointed.




    An Essay Contest!

    ANCB is proud to recognize our certified nurses and to show our appreciation to all the hard working and dedicated certified nurses. As a show of appreciation, ANCB would like to offer a free registration to this years’ Annual Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina! The essay contest is open to all currently certified CARNs or CARN-APs. The essay must be 250 words or less and answer the question: Why is certification in addiction nursing important?

    Essays will be judged on originality. Please include your name, credentials and contact information. The contest opens JULY 1, 2015 and will close JULY 31, 2015 @ 11:59PM EDT. Please send all entries to: shblacher@gmail.com. (All ANCB members, IntNSA Board members, and FAN Board members are not eligible to apply).

    TESTING Information:

    As part of our routine test development, the Addictions Nursing Certification Board and its testing agency, the Center for Nursing Education and Testing, Inc. (C-NET), regularly reviews the test questions and performs test analysis statistics to ensure validity and reliability in the CARN and CARN-AP certification examinations. To accommodate this important aspect of test development, the testing period for this spring only will be changed from May 2015 to June 2015. Please contact C-NET at 800-463-0786, or info@cnetnurse.com if you have questions or need additional information.

    The next re-certifications time period has not changed and applications need to be submitted by June 30, 2015. Any applications received after the expiration date will need to include a $100 reactivation fee. Late applications will only be accepted up to two years after the expiration date exam period.

    As part of the test development process, ACNB is planning an item writing workshop in conjunction with C-NET. This event is being planned for August. We will be seeking subject matter experts (SME’s) from across the US to write new test questions (items) for both the CARN and CARN-AP exams. A call for SME’s from across the country will be placed to the membership. Watch your email for an e-blast requesting volunteers exact dates, application and selection process.

    To ensure that your questions regarding certifications or re-certifications will be answered in a timely manner please contact C-NET, Andrew Karle, directly at http://www.cnetnurse.com OR: 1-800-463-0786.

    Respectfully submitted,
    Suzan Blacher, MSN, RN, CARN
    Co-Chair, Addiction Nursing Certification Board




    FAN News

    By Carolyn Baird, DNP, MBA, RN-BC, CARN-AP, CCDPD, FIAAN

    FAN Silent Auction
    The Foundation for Addictions Nursing (FAN) is thinking forward to October. Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina will be the setting for the 2015 Annual IntNSA Educational Conference and the FAN Silent Auction! In the past our individual members, IntNSA Chapters, collaborating agencies, and participating exhibitors have graciously donated auction items gift cards to gift baskets, original works of art, handcrafted items, Coach and Vera Bradley purses, and even an original handmade quilt. Much fun was had by all. We want to extend a grateful THANK YOU and ask that you once again be generous in your continuing support of FAN and our Mission. Start thinking about what you might like to bring to Charlotte in 2015.

    FAN Scholarships
    Once again the Foundation for Addictions Nursing (FAN) will be sponsoring scholarships. Applications for the Lois Widly Student Scholarships and the Cathy Buffington Scholarship each providing for a conference registration and $500 stipend will be accepted through June 30th. Details are available at http://www.intnsa.org/about/fan. Watch for a link to submit your information electronically. Again, thank you to all whose generosity makes it possible for FAN to support the educational endeavors of IntNSA through these competitive scholarships.

    $3,000 BOD’s Research Grant
    Each year the IntNSA Board of Directors supports funding of a research grant to stimulate research that supports addictions nursing. The IntNSA Research Committee completes a peer review and makes the award decision. FAN will again be funding the BOD award in 2015. A new scoring tool will be available to guide applicants as they develop their proposal. Check back to http://www.intnsa.org/about/fan for the link to the process and the scoring tool. The FAN Trustees send thanks the IntNSA Board of Directors for supporting this award.

    New FAN Trustee
    In other exciting news, FAN just appointed a new Trustee for 2015. We now have all trustee positions filled. Our new FAN Trustee is Sharon Morello of Providence Rhode Island. Join us in welcoming Sharon and make sure to stop at the Silent Auction table in October to make her acquaintance. The FAN Board is very happy to have her and looking forward to working with her.

    And as always, a reminder, All donations to FAN are tax deductible. We just celebrated Tax Day but it is not too early to start panning for 2015 taxes. You can visit FAN online (go to http://www.intnsa.org/about/fan), donate with your dues, or see us in October. Please plan on supporting our future fundraising activities. Set aside your donations for the 2015 Silent Auction now. New and old FAN merchandise will be available at the conference. If there is anything special you would like to see for sale, please let us know. It is still possible to donate while shopping through igive. Help FAN continue to support our mission!!




    Journal of Addictions Nursing (JAN) - Quarterly Report

    By Christine Vourakis, Editor

    1. Theses, Dissertations and Databases such as ProQuest
      It is becoming increasingly common for academic institutions to provide databases such as ProQuest, copies of student theses and dissertations. ProQuest then allows free online access to these documents once a consumer joins ProQuest (it is free to join). For a small fee ($65.) for dissertations, an individual may purchase a print copy of the dissertation (print copies of theses cost less). After a specific number of copies are sold (>25) the author receives a (I think around 10%) royalty for each additional copy sold. The rationale for this practice is to provide rapid visibility. Unless papers from a dissertation/thesis (DTs) is repurposed, JAN will not accept papers from these sources. A statement (paragraph) was prepared by the editor for inclusion in the Instructions for Authors. The journal will allow authors to submit DT papers to JAN if the author has placed an embargo to open access and only allows access to the title/abstract.

      Since IntNSA owns the copyright we are not subject to the policies of LWW. Lippincott’s policy for their journals is to not publish papers from dissertations/theses with full ProQuest access.
    2. Update on 26 and 27
      Issue 26 (1) is in print and page proofs for 26(2) were recently reviewed/revised by editor and returned to publisher. The final preparations are underway for 26(3) and it is scheduled to be sent to publisher in early June.

      The special topic issue on “Recovery Oriented Systems of Care”, Edited by Katherine Fornili and Mary Moller has been rescheduled for 27(2). We have recently received the final draft of a call for papers on the special topic of “Eating Disorders”, Edited by Jan Feigenbaum and Stacen Keating (NYU) and that has been posted. We are anticipating the revised call for papers from Madeline Naegle and Merry Armstrong shortly. We are still in the planning stage for a special topic issue from The Netherlands (there will not be a call for papers blast for this issue as the Co-Editors, Christien Loth and Wim Houtjes are inviting selected colleagues to contribute papers for their issue.

    3. Additional comment on 10/15/2014 Editorial Board meeting at conference
      As reported to the Board of Directors at the board meeting scheduled during the strategic planning session in Philadelphia, the Editorial Board meeting in Washington, DC on Wednesday, October 2014 was a fruitful and productive meeting. Considerable time was focused on the special topic issues, in particular the members offered suggestions on the draft of the Netherland special topic call for papers (this was sent to members prior to the meeting to encourage a more focused discussion). Several excellent ideas were generated and suggestions were offered for the Co-editors to use in their planning.




    Revised Core Curriculum of Addictions Nursing

    Be on the look-out for the revised Core Curriculum of Addictions Nursing, 3rd Edition.

    The Core Curriculum has gone through an extensive 3rd revision. All of the work and final edits have been completed. In partnership with Wolters Kluwer Lippincott, the revised Core Curriculum will be published within the next couple of months. IntNSA retains all rights for the Core Curriculum. Wolters Kluwer Lippincott will market the Core Curriculum internationally bringing knowledge about addictions nursing to global nursing. We are extremely pleased and excited to see this edition of the Core Curriculum come to fruition.

    Al Rundio, Co-Editor
    Bill Lorman, Co-Editor




    International Academy of Addictions Nursing

    Last year IntNSA established the International Academy of Addictions Nursing. Members, who have contributed significantly to the field of addictions nursing, may apply for fellowship in the Academy. Should the candidate be selected, following the induction ceremony at the annual IntNSA conference, fellows can append the letters FIAAN (Fellow International Academy of Addictions Nursing) to their name.

    The application time period is April 30, 2015 through June 30, 2015.

    Information for those interested in applying for fellowship in the Academy can accessed at http://www.intnsa.org/fiaan.  The official application is available for completion and submission on-line.

    (Applications must include 2 letters of recommendation.)

    We look forward to receiving your application for fellowship.


    Chair, Eligibility Committee





    IntNSA News Wave

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    IntNSA News Wave is the official publication of the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA). It is published four times a year in Birmingham, Alabama as a benefit of membership and circulated free of charge to IntNSA members.

    Al Rundio, Jr., PhD, DNP, RN, APRN, NEA-BC,, CARN-AP, DPNAP, FIAAN

    Information appearing in this publication is obtained from sources we believe to be reliable. The information may not be a complete statement of all available data and is not guaranteed as such. Conclusions are based solely on editorial judgment and analysis of technical factors and nursing industry information sources. IntNSA News Wave is copyrighted and portions may be reprinted with the permission of IntNSA. IntNSA News Wave is not responsible for the contents of its advertisements and advises all members to investigate claims before making purchases. Permission requests to reproduce written material should be sent to IntNSA at the address above.

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