What’s a Cannabis Nurse?
When I first became a nurse, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I’d one day be a cannabis nurse. At the time, I wasn’t familiar with the medical uses of cannabis and I wasn’t even aware of the depths of research examining the endocannabinoid system.
It was only after my own tragic injury while working as a hospice nurse and the subsequent quest for pain relief, that I discovered cannabis nursing, a budding new field for healthcare professionals.
A Cannabis Nurse is a licensed or registered nurse who obtains a working knowledge of the endocannabinoid system and cannabinoid therapeutics, and responsibly utilizes it in their practice.
Cannabis nursing is fast becoming a recognized field. In July of 2018, the Journal of Nursing Regulation published the first, NCSBN National Nursing Guidelines for Medical Marijuana.
The American Cannabis Nurses Association
Shortly into my research about cannabis, I was thrilled to discover the American Cannabis Nurses Association, a professional organization of nurses committed to educating healthcare professionals and patients about cannabis.
On their History page, they state, ” The ACNA was envisioned as a nursing organization that represented the emerging field of endocannabinoid therapeutics to professional nurses, providing scientific, patient, and educational opportunities to assist nurses in understanding and advocating for their patients’ needs.”
I’m thrilled to introduce the newest President of the American Cannabis Nurses Association, Eloise Theisen. Watch as we chat about how she got started in cannabis nursing and the exciting things she’s working on now.
Meet Eloise Theisen, AGPCNP-BC, the newest leader of the American Cannabis Nurses Association:
Eloise Theisen, AGPCNP-BC
“Eloise is a co-founder and the Chief Visionary Officer of Radicle Health. Prior to Radicle Health, Eloise founded Green Health Consultants, a medical cannabis clinic that helped patients use cannabis to help treat chronic and age-related illness. Eloise was one of the first healthcare practitioners to bring a clinical dosing regimen to the cannabis space and she has treated more than 4,500 patients using cannabis. There are very few healthcare practitioners in the United States with a comparable level of cannabis expertise and experience.
Eloise was elected as President of the American Cannabis Nurses Association for the 2019-2022 term and will serve as President-elect in 2019.”
Connect with Eloise here:
Cannabis Nurses Network Conference
There’s a remarkable event coming up February 28-March 1 especially for healthcare professionals. The Cannabis Nurses Network Conference is being held in San Diego. Eloise will be speaking and so will I! Register to Attend
The CNNC offers two full days of accredited continuing education credits (CEU) in cannabis medicine education and will feature the leading authors, researchers and industry professionals.
Get important training, education and insights from some of the foremost educators in the space, while advancing your career, your expertise and professional development. Register to Attend
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