Nurses in RECOVERY

  1. I received my RN in 1983 and worked for 9 yrs. and then became totally incapacitated from drug/alcohol abuse. My license was revoked and I have been awaiting the "10" year stipulation penalty and now have met all of the stipulations and am allowed to request that the board of nursing in Washington state hear my case as to try and start re-instatement. Has anyone out there ever been thru this situation? and what evidence do I need to present to the board, and do I need a lawyer? I have so many questions. Any information would be greatly appreciated. THANK YOU
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  2. 2 Comments

  3. by   babs_rn
    Dannell,

    First, CONGRATULATIONS!!! You deserve every good thing that can come to you.

    Second, you might want to reconsider re-instating your license. The world of healthcare has changed dramatically in the past several years and nurses are dropping out like flies. The way nurses are treated now, the stresses of the job, the demands physically and mentally, all have the potential to drive you into a relapse. I don't know what you've been doing for a living over these years, but I would STRONGLY suggest for your own sake that you stay away from what has become a killer (nursing). Truly. Please read these other posts throughout this forum - nurses in transition AND "Would you recommend nursing as a career?" Make your decision prayerfully and carefully and know what you're getting into. It is NOT the same world anymore.

    Good luck to you.

    Babs
  4. by   dannel
    Thank you to Babs RN for your concern and insightful advice. I have been looking into social work and am in a "pre-major" program at the local university. I have heard some horror stories about how the career of Nursing has changed. It saddens me to think that our position would be treated with such neglect and mismanagement. Again, Thank you for your response. DANNEL
    Originally posted by babs_rn:
    Dannell,

    First, CONGRATULATIONS!!! You deserve every good thing that can come to you.

    Second, you might want to reconsider re-instating your license. The world of healthcare has changed dramatically in the past several years and nurses are dropping out like flies. The way nurses are treated now, the stresses of the job, the demands physically and mentally, all have the potential to drive you into a relapse. I don't know what you've been doing for a living over these years, but I would STRONGLY suggest for your own sake that you stay away from what has become a killer (nursing). Truly. Please read these other posts throughout this forum - nurses in transition AND "Would you recommend nursing as a career?" Make your decision prayerfully and carefully and know what you're getting into. It is NOT the same world anymore.

    Good luck to you.

    Babs

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