Day in the life of an AOD nurse


Two Clinical Nurse Specialists referring to information on a monitor

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Jen Morrison is doing her rounds in Campbelltown Hospital's Drug Health Service. She visits one of her young patients, who is preparing to go home; "So I've spoken to the doctor and if the treating team are happy for you to go home, then we're happy for you to go home. You've been amazing. You've done really, really well. And you trusted us when you were really scared. And you were feeling very vulnerable. So you did very, very well."

Jen says there is power in helping her patients to take back their lives and empower them to change and work through areas affected by their alcohol and other drug use. "I like sticking up for the underdog. I like advocating for people, and it gives me personal satisfaction because I know that I contributed to their care. And that makes me feel good about what I do."

 "I like sticking up for the underdog" — Jen Morrison, Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Clinical Nurse Specialist, Campbelltown Hospital Drug Health Service

Becoming an AOD nurse or midwife

If you are already a nurse or midwife and thinking of becoming an AOD specialist nurse, visit Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia (DANA) for more information and current employment opportunities.

For general information on becoming a nurse or midwife visit NSW Health | Careers in nursing and midwifery.

For free and confidential advice 24/7 call the Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) on 1800 250 015. Counsellors are available to provide information, referrals, crisis counselling and support. Or start a Web Chat with an ADIS counsellor online Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5pm. ADIS can also provide up-to-date information about service availability in your area during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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