I just wanted to update and say that I made it through the many hours of orientation/training before getting to my assigned clinic and now have almost 2 weeks in the clinic. I wasn't sure about my first week. I felt so lost & so clueless & incredibly stressed. I really don't know much abut drug abuse and felt stupid when a client would ask me questions about track marks, abscesses, why their suboxone was reduced, etc. But, I'm learning more & more everyday and I'm beginning to like it. My co-workers have been amazingly supportive & willing to teach and guide me. I've also done a good deal of research on my own. A few of the clients have really tugged at my heart and I've had to refrain from showing special interest in them. I don't want to appear unprofessional & want to maintain a therapeutic relationship will all my clients.
My supervisor showed me a note that a client wrote about me saying that she felt that I really cared and never judged her. That meant a lot to me because that is exactly how I want my clients to perceive me.
I was also touched when another client I had been helping with an unpleasant side effect requested to talk to me when the more experienced nurse had answered his call. Although, I think it may have been because he was embarrassed and didn't want anyone else to know...lol.
I was married to an alcoholic/drug addict for 10 years and I really wasn't sure this was the place for me. Now, I'm thinking it just might be. I feel like I'm making a difference.
I know I will see many repeat customers & there will be the ones who only come to detox because their family made them do it or legal issues, a place to stay or whatever, but there are the ones who truly want the help, too.