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The MNA remembers Carol Carey, advocate for nurses in recovery

From the Massachusetts Nurse Newsletter
March 2010 Edition

The MNA Addictions Council and MNA Peer Assistance program mourns the loss of a strong advocate for nurses in recovery. Carol H. Carey (Hovenden) worked as a staff nurse for over 45 years and was employed at Faulkner Hospital for more than 30 of those years, where most of her career was dedicated to the field of substance abuse. She was both a certified addiction counselor (CAC) and a certified chemical dependency nurse.

Carey served as a peer assistant for the MNA’s Peer Program since its inception in the early 1980s. She was an active member of the MNA’s Addictions Council and, over the years, she represented the

MNA at several symposiums on addictive disorders. She was the 2004 recipient of the MNA’s Excellence in Nursing Practice Award and a past recipient of the Nurse Recognition Award from the Community Association Serving Alcoholics (CASA).

Throughout her career, Carey remained passionate about providing peer assistance to health care workers with chemical dependencies. Her passing represents a significant loss for her peers and for those who could have benefited from her dedication, expertise and compassion.

Carol passed away on Jan. 8, 2010.