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Developing an Addictions Nursing Competency Framework Within a Canadian Context

Ling, Sara RN, MN, CPMHN(c); Watson, Alison RN, MN, CPMHN(c); Gehrs, Margaret RN, MScN, CPMHN(c)

doi: 10.1097/JAN.0000000000000173
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Clients with substance use disorders access care in all areas of the health care system, yet the Canadian nursing literature lacks content on the knowledge, skills, and judgment needed by nurses who work with this population. To address this literature gap, two Advanced Practice Nurses adapted the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse’s Technical Competencies for Canada’s Substance Abuse Workforce to include nursing content and theory. This article describes the adaptation process and validation method used by the Advanced Practice Nurses at a large, Canadian urban teaching hospital and includes discussion about actual and potential opportunities for practical application of the adapted framework.

Sara Ling, RN, MN, CPMHN(c), Alison Watson, RN, MN, CPMHN(c), and Margaret Gehrs, RN, MScN, CPMHN(c), Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The authors report no conflicts of interest. The authors alone are responsible for the content and writing of the article.

Correspondence related to content to: Sara Ling, RN, MN, CPMHN(c), Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 40 White Squirrel Way, Room 138 Toronto, ON, Canada M6J1H4. E-mail:

© 2017International Nurses Society on Addictions
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