- I also landed a job in a methodone clinic. So far it's OK, the hours are brutal - early morning and then nothing to do with the rest of the day. I was hired for only 20 hours/week so that will NOT pay the rent, but I like the work. After 2 months without definite employment - it sounded good. I don't have a problem with the type of medications or anything like that, but I'm still keeping options open for full time work.
This particular job pays on a 1099 basis so they do not take taxes out of my pay - if I keep this job (and supplement income somehow) I'll be owing Uncle Sam at the end of the year instead of the other way around. Stuff to think about, for sure.
I give the nurses credit for doing this long term. Nurses do this type of work all over the country and I see how the patients are able to raise families, work, and live basically a normal life. I guess we are all a slave to something or other and those taking this medication daily are no exception. They are dedicated to getting their methodone and won't miss it no matter what the weather. The other problem is that clinics are usually staffed with only 1 or two nurses maximum so if one person calls off - that's a bummer -and the other one is going to work no matter what.
Good luck to all (myself included) for venturing into this type of nursing.