I have just made a terrible mistake in my profesional carreer. I tried to cover up a mistake that I made earlier in the shift by throwing two narcotic pills into the sharps container. I then proceeded to lie for several days about the descrepency that I created in the omnicell. I finnally broke down to the pharmacist and my supervisor and told the truth about what had actually happened, the pills were recovered from the sharps container and no one was hurt. They asked for me to resign. I recieved a call from the NSO of the hospital that a complaint will be filed for diversion and fraudulent charting to the BON. I will probally lose my license now for a terrible decision that I will never forget. I am writing this thread for advice but mostly to let others know that you make mistakes but dont try to cover them up. I will now lose my license and I am not sure what I am going to do now.
All is not lost. As others have said, seek out the services of an attorney ASAP.
Call your state nurses association; they may be able to provide you with names of attorneys who are well versed in dealing with nurses and diversion. Do not go it alone. While you are at it, ask the nurses association if there is a nurses support group in you area. You can keep your sanity by confiding in them. I am familiar with this process in my state as I had 2 colleagues/friends who went through the process. They did not lose their licenses. In the state where I live, nurses have a hearing in front of the BON; the Dept. of Public Health participates as they are the licensing body. They have strict conditions in order to obtain a "Consent Order" which allows them to work, i.e., counseling, weekly urines, 12 step meeting attendance, 1 year key restriction, and a 4 year probationary period. It was tough for them, but they got through it. It is very important to link up with nurses who "have been through it."
You may be able to receive unemployment; the 2 nurses I spoke of had unemployment hearings, and they were successful. At least you would have some $ coming in while going through this process. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, as is often said.
You need to tell yourself you are a good nurse who made a serious mistake.
Some will be judgmental; that is bound to happen. What people need to remember is: "But for the grace of God, there go I." Try not to bring negativity to you; easier said then done.
Hang in there....
Last edit by scoochy on Sep 3, '10
Sharing your lesson learned will no doubt help others who may have(or will be) placed themselves in similar situations. Students and new nurses need to read such stories.
Like others said, get a lawyer. You didn't mention how long you've been a nurse...if for many years, perhaps the longevity and history of no previous problems will help produce a favorable outcome. Good luck to you.
Last edit by Midwest4me on Sep 3, '10
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