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Joined Oct 19, '11. backtowork is a Hospice RN. She has '34' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'u name it'. Posts: 153 (52% Liked) Likes: 194

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  • Dec 6 '17

    I started this thread as a very frightened, very hopeless, and very angry nurse of 34 years tenure and many years of addiction. Thanks to a program, a higher power, and a lot of support from friends, family, and the fine people here, I am able to post this today.

    Good things happen when recovery is maintained. I am living proof of that today. Today, I begin my new job with the same company that hired me, 9 months ago, under my stipulations. I have been promoted to Patient Care Liaison for the marketing department. Yes, I am still under stipulations from the BON until January 2013 (with the continued grace of God, I will be done then.) I was originally hired to work the night shift with supervision and only PRN with no benefits, no guarantee of hours, and no confidence that they would want to deal with my restrictions for very long. After nine months, I have been promoted to work 9-5, no weekends, and no holidays, at a good salary.

    I do not post this to boast or brag. I post this to be a beacon to those who are beginning the process, or feel beat down by the process and have no idea who, if anyone, will ever hire them with a permanent BON public disclosure and practice restrictions. I read in this forum, over and over, the same struggle that I had finding work and being accepted back into the nursing field. I can hear the desperation in their hearts written between the lines.

    I am here to say it can be done..it will be done..but not in our time frame and certainly not how we think it should happen. So, Please! Stay strong, stay clean, and stay focused. I am nothing special..I am not a super nurse, I am a garden variety recovering nurse addict. If it can happen for me, it can happen for you..both in the dark terrifying past of full addiction..to the bright sunny future of continued recovery.

  • Nov 13 '17

    Agree with all the above. I was reported to the TX bON August of 2008. Did not hear a word until Feb 2011. Get another job or two..work all the hours you can get and bank your money for a good board attorney. DO NOT USE or DRINK..period. You never know when they will call on you, but as was stated above..they will call on you. It's a long ride, but a doable one. Keep us posted.

  • Nov 12 '17

    Agree with all the above. I was reported to the TX bON August of 2008. Did not hear a word until Feb 2011. Get another job or two..work all the hours you can get and bank your money for a good board attorney. DO NOT USE or DRINK..period. You never know when they will call on you, but as was stated above..they will call on you. It's a long ride, but a doable one. Keep us posted.

  • Aug 30 '17

    Agree with all the above. I was reported to the TX bON August of 2008. Did not hear a word until Feb 2011. Get another job or two..work all the hours you can get and bank your money for a good board attorney. DO NOT USE or DRINK..period. You never know when they will call on you, but as was stated above..they will call on you. It's a long ride, but a doable one. Keep us posted.

  • Mar 26 '17

    I worked for the leading health insurance company in the nation for 10 years as a utilization review nurse. If you think adhering to HIPAA is huge in the hospital, it is ten time more enforced in the insurance biz..I would not even be able to tell your husband about your healthcare or meds without him filling out a 3 page release form with your signature notarized in 2 places before I could release ANY information. The HIPAA laws are a pain for us nurses to work with sometimes, but they are there to prevent just this kind of ignorant prejudice that the general public..(and many BONs) have... that just because you are HIV positive, have Hep C, have received mental health care, or seek medical care for a tolerance problem..then you must be a scum of the earth bad person.

    I feel you have nothing to worry about with disclosure from the insurance company and that you can answer honestly that you have never been treated for addiction. Your doctor is right..he does not have to disclose anything unless it involves criminal behavior..and even then..it would take a court order to compel him to disclose and his lawyer would fight that. I feel that it is so sad that we nurses must work with this "witch hunt" mentality from our employers and BONs.

    That being said..kudos to you for your proactive insight...and as you can see..we are a pretty non judgmental crowd out here..and I, again, commend you for taking care of yourself, before the drugs took care of you forever.



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