I Need Advice, Support, HELP!!!!!! - page 2
HI everybody, I was looking at this site a few months ago and it was too confusing and I was trippin' trying to figure it out so I quit, but now here I am. I hope Im doin it right this time. Im here... Read More
Apr 20, '07Quote from TrudyRNI'd just like to politely point out that Psych is an area with access to an abundance of abusable drugs.Can you work in an area that does not deal with your drug that you had trouble with? If it was an injectable, try a Nursing home or Psych or a doc's office or clinic or school nursing (nothing there but Tylenol, Motrin). Stay away from Med/Surg, Recovery Room, ICU, ER, Home Health (fentanyl patches, Roxanol and other po painkillers). How about Case Management and QA? Insurance company nurse?
Apr 20, '07Quote from PsychRN-KrisI meant no injectables. Yes, I know there are orals. Even Clonidine, Trazadone, even Tylenol get some people "high".I'd just like to politely point out that Psych is an area with access to an abundance of abusable drugs.
Apr 20, '07Quote from TrudyRNCorrect but there are also readily available po benzodiazapines as well as injectable benzo's like lorazepam and diazepam which are staples in any psych hospital/facility.I meant no injectables. Yes, I know there are orals. Even Clonidine, Trazadone, even Tylenol get some people "high".
Apr 20, '07Quote from TazziRNI know that she's got to be hooked up with some support groups but I specifically said "nurse addiction support" because I know in my 2 groups we discuss issues like interviewing and coworkers. The stuff that she's nervous about. Everyone shares their experiences and it really does help to hear what other recovering nurses are going through. I don't know if CA has these?If she's on probation she should already be plugged into support groups and stuff.
Yoo-hoo, Kat, waiting to hear from you!!
Quote from 5150katYou can do this Kat. You don't have to tell them the whole sordid past, you just tell them your in recovery, you've been clean for a year and if you have restrictions on your license.Thanks you guys for all your advise and great support! I really needed to hear some of that stuff. I never had a problem with drugs at work or diverting them, it was other stuff. But, per my probation orders I just have to be supervised around them, however I DO want to work in psych. I am taking some classes from vocational rehab in chemical dependency counseling too. Im just so ashamed and humiliated to go to the interviews an reveal the past, because it was pretty bad. I had a pretty bad drug problem, and even though I have been clean for a year, its hard to believe anyone would trust me. I love nursing but im just not sure I can go back to the acute care stuff I used to do, nor do I think I should. Maybe some day. Again thanks for all the great advise. Kat
Quote from CobwebMost BON's place restrictions on the nurses license especially when it has to do with narcs. They won't let you give out narcs for a certain amount of time anyway.A gal I know, when she first started back to work, got a job where there were some nurses she knew, in a nursing home. She would give them her narc key and they would pass her narcs while she took over some of their charting or some other similar type job.
Apr 20, '07I just wanted to thank the people who responded to my thread for the kind words and advice. I watched the video. I still cant figure out how to get around on this forum stuff. Anyways, I guess there isnt a thread or forum or whatever for nurses in recovery or with problems with their licenses or anything like that huh?
Apr 20, '07Nope. There should be a recovery forum, there are enough of us here. We can't have one about licenses in trouble because of the need to avoid giving legal advice.
Did you get my email?
Apr 20, '07Quote from CattitudeYep. In CA nurses in diversion or on probation are required to attend a nurse support group, made up entirely of nurses in recovery.I know that she's got to be hooked up with some support groups but I specifically said "nurse addiction support" because I know in my 2 groups we discuss issues like interviewing and coworkers. The stuff that she's nervous about. Everyone shares their experiences and it really does help to hear what other recovering nurses are going through. I don't know if CA has these?
Apr 21, '07You have the wrong idea about your "sordid past".
You screwed up. Every single human being does that, one way or another.
You got straight. Not every human being does that
Hang onto that with both hands. I could not be 1/10th of the nurse that I am now if I had not f***** up in every conceivable way. There's never been a patient that I could not empathize with or understand (well, it took a while with the child molesters ;p ). What you think of as your bad history is actually a box full of tools you can use to help your patients. Don't feel guilty or ashamed or whatever because you need to find a spot tailor-made for your problems. Chances are, there are patients right there who need the unique skills that you have now. We're rooting for ya!
Edit: I dunno much about working with a bipolar problem, wish I could help you there.Last edit by Cobweb on Apr 21, '07 : Reason: added on
Apr 21, '07Quote from TazziRNOh good. I go to 2 like I said. My state nurse's assoc. has one and they have meetings located throughout the state.Yep. In CA nurses in diversion or on probation are required to attend a nurse support group, made up entirely of nurses in recovery.
Then, I got hooked up with another one through a local hospital program for recovering nurses.
Apr 22, '07EVERYONE has screwed up!! And I love the tool analogy! That is so true. Now you will have "tools" to help other's and make you a better nurse.
Depending on what your stipulations are, there will be SOMETHING that you can find to do. The need for nurses is just too great and luckily, there are so many people out there that have been in your shoes, know someone close in your shoes, or just have a caring heart AND want to give you a second chance!!
Just remember in searching for a job, people will take your cue. If you hold your head up and show your progress, they will admire and respect you. And luckily, want to give you the second chance you need. Maybe it will be in something that you NEVER thought you'd like. Maybe it won't be the pay you are use to. But the Lord knows what you need and when you need it, so He'll send it your way.
My boss, is absolutely wonderful about the whole thing! And I found out, a lot of people in our office (non-nurses) have had troubles in their lives too.
Best of luck! You can and WILL make it! And someday "pay it forward" to another nurse in our situations!
Apr 22, '07Although I have no personal experience with your issues, I would like to share with you another perspective. I see you as a strong, ethical individual because you recognized you had a problem and did something positive about it. What you have done is nothing to be ashamed of and want to hide. Instead, you should feel proud of yourself for all that you have acheived and overcome. You seem to have the most important thing needed in today's society-CHARACTER.