In August 2018, the Board of Dutch Chapter, in connection with our colleagues from the UK and Ireland, launched the Europe part of IntNSA in Rotterdam during an inspiring ICN congress.
- Collaboration development in Europe aiming at a prominent position of addictions nursing i.e. by promoting early addictions screening in mental and physical health.
- Promoting a nursing role in policy making in Europe and enlarging our political influence by proving our part in promoting health care. For instance in the care for patients and their family/social system in helping them to cope with a chronicle disease such as addiction.
- Development of addictions education (bachelor and advanced nursing and social work practice in all health care practices) for enlarging addictions competencies.
Starting IntNSA is a good beginning of a long way forward. The voice of addictions nursing in Europe is becoming louder.