Quote from rehab nurse
Oh Lori, I figured something like this going on, hence why you didn't first say anything.
I have talked to you before about my back issues, and we both had the same fears. I don't work as often as you for that very reason. Most days I can't move. The days I feel good enough to work, I do. But those are very few in between. I am trying to get approved for IDET, a procedure for my back besides a fusion that may help me.
I know how humiliated you must feel. But you didn't do anything wrong, you can hold your head up because you know that you're a good nurse. If I remember right, didn't your employer know about the pain meds? Even though they know you take them on off time, I have found that when ever in the building there is a narc error, everyone thinks of me first. Why? Because I have a bad back and always hurt. Doesn't matter that I always test negative. They don't know that, they just think what they think. And it used to upset me, but I can't change they way they view me. That's why I don't work the floor anymore, I refused to touch the keys, then I don't have the suspicious eyes looking over at me when I hand out a pain pill. I just hope that those who accused me never have to be in the kind of pain I am in, cause it's horrible and you are treated like a junkie even if you have done nothing wrong.
Hugs Lori. Let us know how your meeting turns out. Your DON hasn't said anything to you yet? You had to go all those days with no word from her? I just don't know what to say. Just know that you are among friends here, and that WE care about you. I'll keep praying that things turn out good for you. Keep us informed, ok?
I don't know much about drug screens, but don't they consider it negative if you have a script for what appears on the screen? Or will the DON know you tested positive, but yet had a legit prescription? Can someone enlighten me? I thought if you had a prescription for whatever appears, that it's okay.
Thank you so much for your concern...
Yes, my employers know I have narcs for my back, and that I voluntarily do not take them within 12 hours of work. I typically go through 12 Advil a shift because of the pain (which drives my doc NUTS, he tries to convince me to take the narcs instead because I have been taking them long enough that they do not impair me, but I'm paranoid).
I won't take keys either. As a supervisor, I can request copies of all med room keys, but I choose not to because of one fear: what if a Lortab discrepancy occured, and all of us who had keys were tested, and I was the only one who was positive... even with a script, I would be under suspicion.
I've talked to my DON several times, but she has been so cold to me, keeps telling me that we'll just have to see what the drug screen shows and that she knows what she saw. This morning after talking to the lady from the testing facility, I called her to tell her that my results were clear except for the Lortab which I have prescribed and that I hoped I could come back to work soon... she STILL said "Well, we're going to have to meet at work and have a talk there." That's why I think I'm fired. The report they get shows what I tested positive for and the fact that I had a prescription.
I just feel sick, scared, and humiliated... but at least I know that I will not lose my nursing license over it.