Drug abuser coming back to work - page 2

by mamason 1,822 Views | 12 Comments

Ok.....here goes. We had a coworker who went to administration stating that she had a drug problem. Totally came clean with it and asked for help. She was not diverting form the facility. Using drugs on her way to work. Was high... Read More


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    I have bent over backwards to help the recovering nurse, and have been in recovery for a very long time and I don't get the newspaper thing ?? Why draw attention to yourself? It talks about media coverage in the AA big Book and the NA Basic text. And the worst case scenerio is that she falls and relapses then all that does is add more fuel to the naysayers. Everyone I know knows I am in recovery but I am not going to plaster my mug all over the paper. I would much rather to walk the walk instead of talk the talk.
    MaryAnn_RN, shelly304, TCRNCOB61, and 1 other like this.
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    Quote from mamason
    Aren't we, as a profession, suppose to help her get through this hard time? Yes, I can't believe she did it either. But, I do have compassion for her.
    Well, she has you, doesn't she? You may have more power to help her get through this than you know. Tell her how you feel. Don't make a big show of it - something to the effect of, "I really admire you for what you did and I'm glad to have you back." When other people start gossiping about her remind them of the courage it took for her to admit she had a problem and get clean.

    The first couple of months will probably be the most difficult, and she's going to be under the microscope - people will be looking for mistakes. Take her side. Eventually, it will all die down.

    Which is not to say that she won't have to live with the stigma of being an addict, but the time will come when she can use it to her advantage and be a better nurse because of it.

    I've been there.
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    As someone who has been there, gonig back to work is almost harder than admitting a problem. I took a six-month leave to get clean and I knew that I would have to prove myself when I went back to work. I worked hard at my recovery and I stayed clean. I worked my patootie off to try and become a part of the team again. It wasn't until I left 5 years later that I realized I had never earned back anyone's trust except for one or two people who were my friends. I learned that, even 5 years later, whenever the count was off the first thing they did was check to see if I was working that day, or if I accessed that pt in the Pyxis. After yet one more incident of being called into the office about a complaint about my work, I was almost in tears and I told the NM, "I feel like I have to be perfect." Her answer was, "You do."

    When I started my new job a hour away, three months later, several former coworkers worked at that ER per diem. I found out that two of them went to the NM and urged that I not be hired. When I was, they told the other staff that they need to "watch out for her, she likes the good stuff." I thank God every day that the NM and staff gave me a chance in spite of what they'd heard, and I was able to prove myself there.

    Believe me, we know that we have to earn the trust back. Don't make it impossible for us.
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