DANA’s Specialist Nursing Standards and Competencies for Drug and Alcohol Nurses
Revised in late 2020 and made freely available in 2021.
DANA Specialist Nursing Standards and Competencies
Australian Document DANA Nursing Standards and Competencies Australia
Aoteoroa / New Zealand Specialty Nursing Competency Framework
Aoteoroa/New Zealand Document – Aotearoa New Zealand Addiction Specialty Nursing Competency Framework
Between 2009 – 2011, the DANA Specialist Standards for Drug and Alcohol Nurses were developed. DANA members, comprised of clinicians, educators and researchers from across Australia and New Zealand, participated in this DANA project. We now have validated contemporary specialist standards for ATOD nursing that are suited to both the Australian and New Zealand contexts. These standards are the framework that guide our practice in Drug and Alcohol / Addiction nursing. Two separate documents are available as there are some differences in Drug and Alcohol / Addiction nursing between Australia and New Zealand.
Under legislation the national nursing registering authorities of each country are responsible for monitoring and ensuring that the public receives safe and professional nursing care. This means that nurses need to meet agreed standards of practice. If nursing performance is unprofessional, unethical, unsafe or illegal, the nursing and midwifery registering authority will refer to the relevant standards to assess whether these have been met or not. That’s why DANA believes that standards and competencies applicable across all service delivery settings throughout Australia and New Zealand are vital.
Use your mouse to click on the highlighted links to find out more:
- Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia – DASSA Advanced Specialist Standards for ATOD Nurses.
- What is Advanced Practice in Alcohol and Drug Nursing Lynda Scott and Margo Hickman – Alcohol and Drug Service , Queensland. Workshop conducted at the Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia 2009 Conference. Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
- Developing Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Advanced Specialist Nursing Standards – the last 12 months. Margo Hickman, Prof Charlotte de Crespigny, Dr Daryle Deering for DANA Standards Expert Reference Group. Paper presented at the Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia 2010 Conference. Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
- Development of Specialist Standards for Drug and Alcohol Nurses – An Update on the achievements of the 12 months and challenges ahead. Margo Hickman, Prof Charlotte de Crespigny on behalf of the DANA Standards Expert Reference Group (SERG). Paper presented at the Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia 2011 Conference. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.