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    sharpeimom and MichelleRN34 like this.

    Not sure if PA is similar to TX, but this is my suggestion.... he should probably go ahead and submit a declaratory order to the BON listing his conviction and disposition. Texas can take up to a year to decide if one is eligible to sit for NCLEX when they have a significant criminal history. This way, he can officially hear from the BON on his specific situation, rather than calling the BON and discussing a hypothetical situation with them. He should get this done ASAP so that time & money isn't wasted if the BON rejects him. Or, if the BON orders him into a monitoring program which is expensive and a hassle and can last for years..... he may not be willing to deal with that and decide to go a direction other than nursing. Also, the TXBON runs a FBI background check. Even sealed and expunged juvenile records will show.

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    Haha yeah, my chemical dependency evaluator did not even know about EEP, and I found her on the TXBON approved list!

    I will let you know how it goes; I figure it can't hurt to ask!

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    Have you ever heard of someone being released early from TPAPN or EEP for "good behavior"? I am thinking about requesting early release at my 6 month mark in EEP (I have a 1 year contact). The worst my case manager can say is "No", right?

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    Thanks y'all! I am hoping that after a few more negative results I won't worry so much about the possibility of the things I ingest/inhale/absorb on a daily basis creating a false positive. Hopefully I will get to the point where I can patiently wait for test results without logging into RecoveryTrek 10x a day!

    The only thing I am taking is melatonin. I was taking Tylenol PM until I found out from the Quest website that I could be tested for diphenhydramine. I also use to take valerian root extract for mild anxiety, but nixed that d/t its potential to cause a false positive for Valium.

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    Meriwhen likes this.

    Just as I finished posting, the results of my 3rd random came back....negative! I have 15 randoms left before my program is complete. It's stressful to think about being this stressed 15 more times!

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    Does anyone else get anxious waiting for the results of their random drug screens? Rationally, I know that my results should be negative b/c I don't use any medications/drugs/alcohol, but my imagination gets the best of me and I fear that I will somehow have a false positive. I even have dreams (nightmares) about a screen coming back positive.
    I know it's because there is so much on the line.... I am in a confidential program that my employer will never know about unless I test positive. If I test positive, I will be suspended from nursing until the TXBON decides what to do next. I'm sure I would get kicked out of my residency, and as a new grad with no experience it would probably take a loooong time to find another job. I am trying to just go with the flow and reassure myself that there is no reason I should have a positive screen, but I can't help but think of the worst case scenario!

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    sallyrnrrt likes this.

    Good luck! Let us know how it goes!

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    Toastedpeanut likes this.

    Yes, Richardson! He was the most expensive one I called. My evaluation was really laid back and didn't take more than an hour. It was a truly unbiased evaluation. I was so afraid to have this done b/c I was sure that anyone I chose off the BON preferred list would "find" something wrong with me so they could order me into TPAPN. I was found to not have a substance abuse problem, so it turned out great!

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    No, I didn't use insurance (didn't have insurance at the time). I went to my evaluator in Dallas, paid $100 cash and that was the end of it. I don't have my list anymore, but I called all of the TXBON approved evaluators in the DFW area and I know I talked to at least two who only charge $100. I called one who charges $800, but that was b/c he does a full psych plus chemical dependency evaluation. He is also either a MD or a PhD, and they charge more. My evaluator is an RN, LPC.

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    Dallas. The chem dependency evaluator I went to was/is on the TXBON preferred list. Who the heck was going to charge you $1500? Someone in Dallas?

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    Sorry, posted twice!

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    $1500 for an evaluation?!?? Mine was $100 in the DFW area. Did you do it yet??

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    Looks like I have to stop taking my Tylenol PM. Option IV tests for Diphenhydramine according to this:
    http://www.questdiagnostics.com/dms/.../Other/hpp.pdf
    I'll be sticking to Melatonin from now on!
    BTW, I received a letter about my dilute test. It said that after a 2nd dilute I will have to get my kidney function checked and a 3rd dilute = a positive test. Hopefully I can avoid having another dilute.
    I'm starting a critical care residency next month and that's when the real challenge will begin with regards to testing. I'll have to find a lab that does after hours testing just in case. I really doubt that we will be allowed to leave the hospital during a shift. It's a bit stressful to think about, but I'll get through it! 10 months to go, lol!!

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    I found this online:

    http://www.questdiagnostics.com/dms/.../Other/hpp.pdf

    Not sure if "urine alcohol" = etg or not....


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