ANCA Meet Up for New England
Calling all open-minded, truth-seeking, passionate and empathic nurses to come learn about the American Cannabis Nurses Association. The GreenNurses of GreenNurse Group at Irie Bliss Wellness are hosting the first 2019 ANCA Meet Up for New England.
Date: Sunday October 20th, 2019
Place: GreenNurse Group at Irie Bliss Wellness
Address: 221Union Street, Rockland Mass 02370
Time: 12pm - 3pm
12-1230pm Meet & Greet
1230-130pm GreenNurses present on the ACNA
About the American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA)
The American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA) is a national organization dedicated to expanding the knowledge base of endo-cannabinoid therapeutics among nurses. It was founded by a small group of dedicated nurses who saw the need for an organization to bring nurses together in a collegial and informational capacity to discuss the growing use of cannabis in medicine. The ACNA has been evolving and developing nursing standards, credentialing and certification procedures aimed at reducing the stigma surrounding cannabis patients and the nurses who support them.
- Nursing organizations have started to develop guidelines around caring for the patient using cannabis. The National Council for State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has issued recommendations that all nurses become educated in the following areas:
- The nurse shall have a working knowledge of the current state of legalization of medical and adult-use cannabis.
- The nurse shall have a working knowledge of the jurisdiction’s medical cannabis program.
- The nurse shall have an understanding of the endocannabinoid system, the receptors, ligands, enzymes, and the interactions among them.
- The nurse shall have an understanding of cannabis pharmacology and the research associated with the medical use of cannabis.
- The nurse shall be able to identify the safety considerations for patient use of cannabis. The nurse shall be able to identify the safety considerations for patient use of cannabis.
- The nurse shall approach the patient without judgment regarding the patient’s choice of treatment or preferences in managing pain and other distressing symptoms.
The NCSBN went on to state “Nurses need practical information to care for the increasing number of patients who utilize cannabis...and who self-administer cannabis as a treatment for various symptomatology or for recreational purposes. Individuals are using cannabis and nurses will care for these patients."