I am an RN. Last month following a lenghty and somewhat personal conversation I told my supervisor I thought I might have addiction issues. I assumed as a registered nurse going to my supervisor I would be offered assistance or at least some form of guidance. INSTEAD last week some hospital higher ups came to my office, the HR rep told me that "On or around....u reported suffering from addiction" so we are going to suspended without pay pending drug test results. I responded and when they come back positive... the RN/VP says and then we'll get you help. I didn't refuse the test or quit my job like I could have done and basically screwed myself. Its been almost a week, not only have I still not gotten any help but instead today got a call from HR stating my drug screen was positive so I was being terminated. Had I not made that statement I never would have even been suspected of using drugs. Two months ago I was a med surg floor supervisor, last month I was offered a position in admin and given a raise. Now unemployed and waiting for i don't even know what!!
it's better to go to your eap (employee assistance program) as they sometimes have the ability to help the employee find treatment before everything explodes.
i know that doesn't help you a whole lot, but if anyone else is grappling with any kind of addiction, an eap is the place to start.
since you were self-reported, you might have some protection under the americans with disabilities act. your addiction could be considered an illness.
i'm so sorry you're going through this after trying to do the responsible thing.
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jan 29, '11