Launching IntNSA Europe


Yvonne Slee
President of IntNSA Holland

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.

On Sunday 26 August, the launch was graced by a statement from Yvonne Slee, President of IntNSA Holland, who stated the worthy role of the addictions nurse in prevention, politics, research and primary nursing care, and by Stephen Strobbe (President of IntNSA 2016-2018) about the global health risk of addiction.

Carmel Clancy
IntNSA Board member and President-elect

Carmel Clancy (IntNSA Board member and President-elect) translated this into a European route and our addictions nursing roles. Chris Loth (Board member IntNSA Holland) stated in her lecture that the time has come to develop a European CARN and CARN-AN and that the addictions nursing education in the Netherlands in bachelor and in master level courses could serve as an good example.

During the conference, addictions nurses from the Netherlands, UK, USA, and Australia presented the results of their research projects or practice based innovations in several workshops. For instance; implementing SBIRT in

Stephen Strobbe
IntNSA President 2016-2018

nursing education by Stephen Strobbe. Elderly and addictions and the complexity of that by Adam Searby (Australia). The effects of a cognitive behavioural therapy focused on elderly with harmful drinking by Dick van Etten (the Netherlands). The progress of an international interdisciplinary addictions curriculum for nurses and social workers by Carmel Clancy and Trish Hafford-Letchfield from the UK and Dana Murphy-Parker from the USA.

Cinderella Zwennes from the Netherlands gave insight in the big struggle for control and the daily loss of life of patients struggling with ADHD and circadian sleeping problems in combination with an eating disorder. Jackie

Chris Loth
Board member IntNSA Holland

Middeldorp reported in a poster presentation about the Dutch national somatic screening method for marginalised severe physical and mentally ill addicted patients who avoid care. Also attention was given to mentally retarded people with addictions and how to organise care for these patients in mainstreaming addiction treatment (Irene van der Linden, the Netherlands) and palliative care for dying patients struggling with addictions (Chantal ter Heurne, the Netherlands).

Future goals for IntNSA Europe are:
  • 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.



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