I am very happy to find this Recovering Nurses thread. I have read several threads at it is nice to see that there is a place like this. I hope to be able to contribute and help others here in the future, if not now due to someone having similar questions as I. Currently, I do have some questions, and have not found many answers on the internet regarding some of them.
I have two years of recovery (not including 15 years in recovery before I had a relapse). I only recieved a controlled substance restriction on my license as of last October, 2008.
I have been doing some work where an RNlicense was not required for the last 2 years, but I am having a very difficulty financial time, not just due to that, but due to some things that occurred while I was using and while I was in my marriage.
I have been in a nursing group connected with the board of nursing, although our leader just moved and I have to find a new group -- not easy because I have a seriously impaired car currently. That is another issue, for which this question currently is not the main focus!
Over the last few years I have found the area I want to work in, and am trying to pursue it, and do not know if it will be possible after all as long as there is a restriction on my license.
Currently I want to see if anyone has any thoughts or experiences with a few things related to my current job search
I applied to a job with XXX. For the position I applied for, which is basically a nurse line (involves teaching and referrals as well as triage) the ad for it says that an "un-restricted" RN license is required. I actually was mixed up about this before I applied, as there is another job which I qualify for that does not specifically state that an Un-restricted" RN license is required. In other words, when I first applied I didn't see that the position required an un-restricted license, but I'm not sure if that would have kept me applying because of some other information I understand, which I touch on below. (I will apply for the second job if I don't get the first, but have found that my abilities are actually more aligned with the nurse line position.)
So, currently my status in the application process, is that I have had the online portion approved, I had telephone interview last week, and yesterday an in-person interview. I am pretty sure I have done well on all of these. They are supposed to tell me by the end of the week whether or not I have the position.
I was ready to talk about my restricted license yesterday during the in-person interview, but did not. Now I do not have anyway to call back the two nurses who interviewed me, but I do have the number for the human resource person. I don't know if I will have any chance at all to work there because of my restriction, and am doubting it from what I have read. I am planning on writing a thank you note regarding the interview yesterday after I finish up with this. It will have to be sent to the HR person, as that is the only contact information that is given.
I am wondering if I should call the HR person to talk about my mistake in not noticing the un-restricted license requirement, but also, asking if there is anyway to work around this, since I am strongly in recovery, have done well on examination for this position, and there are no controlled substances involved with this position anyway.
I know that XXX states that they pride themselves on diversity hiring, and that includes people with disabilities, and from what I have read, the 1990 disability act includes rehabilitated addicts/alcoholics under this government protection, and so even if there is a company policy to not hire persons with a restricted license, this may mean that they are not actually complying with the American Disability Act (by not hiring a person who is rehabilitated for this position). I wonder, from what I have read if the reason why they are specifically stating that you must have an ''un-restricted" license in the first place is because they require us to get a license in two other states for which we would be taking calls.
But even if that is the reason for not hiring persons with a restricted license for this position, does anyone know if it is actually possible to get a license in another state (CA and PA) if you have a controlled restriction on your license? I'm sure that it would at least take more time. But then again, the company by law, if I am understanding correctly, should make reasonable accomidations for a person with a disability.
By the way, I do not have any legal issues, although I have some credit issues. In other words, I was not arrested when the narcotic diversion was discovered.
I cannot afford a lawyer at this time.
So, I am wondering if there is anyone else in recovery out there that works in a telemedicine (nurseline or triage phone) position that knows about these rules.
I applied to XXXX for a similar position (they do not mention requiring an un-restricted license) but they sent an email back immediately saying that I did'nt qualify - because (I think)I did not spend the complete last 3 years in hospital acute care nursing or
they looked up my license right away and saw the restriction.
If anyone has any information or advice on or waiting to call them, it would be helpful. My fear of waiting to call is that they will see my restriction when they go over my information this week before making the hiring decision and automatically count me out - so I am thinking it might be better to tell them soon, like today but the problem is that i will only be able to bring it up with an HR person, since no contact information is given except to HR.
Thank you so much for your thoughts.
Aug 27, '09
I've had all the preliminary interviews for a nurseline job that I really want. Only thing is that it is advertised as being for those with unrestricted licenses only. I have a controlled substance restriction on my license.
My interview was Tuesday, and i am supposed to hear by Friday whether or not I have the job. All the interviews and co"mputer test have gone very well, and least I do not think I have judged that wrong.
The problem is, what if they look up tomorrow and finally notice that I have a restricted license, so just send me an email and say, "sorry, you don't get the job." I think that is usually how this company notifies about these things, and they do this by a non-returnable email. If t'this happens, well, it will mean I don't even have a chance to discuss why they should hire me anyway.
i was able to obtain one of the interviewers email addresses. Does anyone think I should go ahead and write her a note tonight, so that she will see it first thing in the morning before the decision on who they are hiring is made? They are hiring 14 people, but apparently they have had more than enough applicants.
I know in the end I just need to let go and let god, but right now I'm in a bit of a dilema on what to do. i guess I'm going towards the idea of at least emailing one of the interviewers, who is the supervisor or such of the nurseline, and give her an explaination about my license, or perhaps I could say something along the lines of, please call me before you make your final decision? I don't want them to think I am withholding this info on purpose, it happened that I was mistaken and didn't realize that the ad called for an unrestricted license, as it seems that it should not be an issue for this type of job -- expect it may have more to do with needing to get licensed in additional states.
I sure will apprecitate if someone could give me some feedback tonight, but if not, I understand!
Last edit by sirI on Aug 28, '09
Aug 28, '09
I do feel your pain about having a restricted license. I have a restricted license for 6 months. The board puts so many restrictions on your practice that it seems impossible to get a job anywhere!! I must work with a RN present at all times!! I have to have a witness to give narcs. I have get approval from the board before working anywhere.
I feel the boards of nursing are pocketing money from drug screens, classes, and counseling!! They are "protecting the public"? More like "protecting their pocketbooks"!!! They need to be exposed!! They don't give a **** about the public!! They just want to keep nurses under compliance orders and in recovery programs to line their greedy pockets!!
Maybe we need to form an organization to protect our right to make a living and protect us from boards of nursing!! Doctors get away with anything and keep on practicing!!
Sorry to fuss, but I'm at my wits end!! I have lost everything because I can't get a job with this restricted license! I had no idea it would be so difficult!! By the way, I signed an agreement with the board for 6 months due to a charting issue. I really had no choice because you can't fight them!! I would have been restricted longer if I had a hearing!! My agreement requires me to work as a nurse for 6 months. How am I to do this if I can't get hired anywhere?? The board probably knows this and will then say I'm not in compliance!!
If anyone has any advice, I would really appreciate hearing any suggestions!!!
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