The European department of the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) is a professional society for nurses committed to the prevention, detecting, diagnosing, treating, and management of addictive disorders.
IntNSA Europe wants to become the European leader in addictions nursing. In 2016 / 2017 addictions nurses in the United Kingdom, in Ireland, and in the Netherlands initiated the European department. Important goal for the next 5 years is to include more European countries and colleagues. Also IntNSA Europe want to cooperate with other stakeholders in Nursing, Medicine and Social Work because addictions expertise is needed throughout all fields in health care, and not only in the exclusive field of interest in specialized addictions centers. Addiction is everywhere around us and every nurse has to be aware of that.
IntNSA Europe joins forces by protecting the interests of addictions nursing practice through cooperation with other addictions professionals and organizations. But also through by joining other more general nursing and socially orientated organizations.
IntNSA Europe has her mission to advance excellence in nursing care for the prevention and treatment of addictions for diverse populations across all practice settings through advocacy, collaboration, education, research and policy development. Our goal is to help nurses provide comprehensive, high-quality nursing care for addicted patients and their families. IntNSA Europe has something to offer every nurse, regardless of their area of nursing practice. With the prevalence of addiction-related health consequences, we believe that all nurses must maintain a basic level of knowledge and skills in addictions. Our strength comes from our members, including clinicians, educators, managers, and researchers who practice in a wide variety of settings, including treatment centers, hospitals, schools, private practices, primary care, and other community agencies. We firmly believe that all nurses, regardless of their specialty or practice setting, can play a role in the promotion of healthy lifestyles and the early identification of people at greater risk for developing problems associated with the abuse of addictive substances.
IntNSA acknowledges the negative stigma of addiction and addicted patients in society. Patients suffer from this. Addictions nurses experiences show that this negative stigma has its repercussions on the acknowledgement of our fascinating work. Hence one of the important mission statements is to challenge these negative stigmatizations. Together with patients our aim is to be on the European agenda.