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Aotearoa New Zealand addiction specialty nursing competency framework (2018)

The updated framework reflecting changes since 2012 that have occurred in legislation, policy, service provision, workforce development and nursing practice.

The framework is a professional nursing framework designed to provide:

  • guidance on the clinical pathway for nurses working in the addiction specialty from foundation to advanced specialist
  • a description of the levels of practice of nurses working in the addiction specialty
  • clarification of the specialist level nursing practice within the addiction specialty for nurses, other practitioners, consumers, consumer advisors, employers, funding and planning personnel
  • guidance for education providers in designing curricula
  • guidance for nursing workforce development
  • the basis for application for DANA Advanced Certified Addiction Nurse (ACAN).


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Te Pou works alongside mental health and addiction services, and disability organisations to understand their priorities and workforce challenges.

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