January 2016, Volume 7, Issue 1

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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.






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.



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