Back To Work Post-rehab

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    I am curious to know if there are any networking paths, IN MARYLAND, for those who checked themselves in on Sept. 25th in 2004 and never renewed and then went up to the board last week and confessed all and will be getting a probationary License tomorrow, most likely, and really have worked hard and want to return to the career passion they once had before addiction. the board informed me that i need not got to a refresher course and I found the Maryland State Board to be more than helpful and in fact comforting and healing so long as I am working to overcome. Sober now for 3.5 years and making much better decisions, I have had some legal problems of which I have comlpleted my probation and have a sterling letter of recommendation from my probation officer. I am humbled and grateful that the board would give me this chance but a License without the job that I so desperately need now financially would be no progress!

    Does anyone know of ANYWHERE in the Baltimore area of MARYLAND where I could go in and apply and be totally honest and have the support and structure that I would need to be successful during my time on probation and still be able to work and provide for my children?....This is Baltimore....i figure I can't be the only one!!...lol!...On a serious note, I do need some guidance and I am admittedly nervous. Thank you anyone who can help! I just joined and am happy to have stumbled upon this website.

    MTM
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    Nice to have you with us. Best wishes in your continued recovery.
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    I don't have any answers to your questions. I do wish you continued success on your recovery. Did you ask the BON if they could suggest any facilities that have a proven record of assisting nurses in recovery?
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    Best wishes for your continued recovery.

    Would the BON have any suggestions regarding facilities with employment programs for recovering nurses?
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    rnmotorhead, where I live in Ms. alot of the dialysis (FMC and Davita) clinics hire recovery nurses (no narcs to give). Hospitals in coastal Ms. are not too recovery friendly but LTC facilities and dialysis are where alot of us work. I would think Baltimore would have many more choices. If you have a case manager or someone you can talk openly to at the BON ask them for a "general" idea of what places are recovery friendly. They know where all their recovery nurses work and surely will tell you facility names. Also, if you go to a nurse support group that's usually a hot topic of conversation! Hold you head up high and convince them that you are a good nurse, not just a recovery nurse! Recovery is about you, nursing is what you do! Keep the faith, it will all happen-in God's time!

    Friend in recovery!
    RH

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    Quote from barefootlady
    I don't have any answers to your questions. I do wish you continued success on your recovery. Did you ask the BON if they could suggest any facilities that have a proven record of assisting nurses in recovery?
    Actually, today while in a meeting, I did ask and no one knew. It prompted me to think that it would be nice for the Board to have an actual staff member that went to facilities and talked with nurse managers and had positions for nurses in recovery to fill and to be closely monitored....maybe even only allowing them to work in these select positions but I know that some nurses never do leave nursing and attend rehab while actually working jobs that they may have worked for years...thank you for your support. There are some restrictions of hours and no ICU which was my specialty and call the NCPS daily and pee in the cup when your number comes up...I will do whatever it takes. 5 years probation seems long but I am just very happy to have the opportunity to go back.
    MTM
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    Quote from islandnurse007
    rnmotorhead, where I live in Ms. alot of the dialysis (FMC and Davita) clinics hire recovery nurses (no narcs to give). Hospitals in coastal Ms. are not too recovery friendly but LTC facilities and dialysis are where alot of us work. I would think Baltimore would have many more choices. If you have a case manager or someone you can talk openly to at the BON ask them for a "general" idea of what places are recovery friendly. They know where all their recovery nurses work and surely will tell you facility names. Also, if you go to a nurse support group that's usually a hot topic of conversation! Hold you head up high and convince them that you are a good nurse, not just a recovery nurse! Recovery is about you, nursing is what you do! Keep the faith, it will all happen-in God's time!

    Friend in recovery!
    RH


    That is another great idea!.....thank you! Your kind and encouraging words are helping so much with the humiliation ahead. I appreciate it so much!:kiss...MTM
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    Hey there! Best wishes on your recovery. I am recovering 25 years now, and didn't become a nurse until recently so it has not been an issue in my nursing career. My daughter turned herself in to the peer assistance program after checking in to a rehab program. She applied to our local dialysis clinic which was run by Dialysis Clinic Inc. It is a national company. They were very good to her. Give it a shot. You are in for a blessing. Getting clean and sober is just the beginning. Life in recovery is amazing. Remember your higher power will do for you what you cannot do for yourself. The right job will come, you just have to make yourself available. Mahage
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    Hey there! Best wishes on your recovery. I am recovering 25 years now, and didn't become a nurse until recently so it has not been an issue in my nursing career. My daughter turned herself in to the peer assistance program after checking in to a rehab program. She applied to our local dialysis clinic which was run by Dialysis Clinic Inc. It is a national company. They were very good to her. Give it a shot. You are in for a blessing. Getting clean and sober is just the beginning. Life in recovery is amazing. Remember your higher power will do for you what you cannot do for yourself. The right job will come, you just have to make yourself available. Mahage
    Thanks to another wonderful "sister"...One of my issues was that i was a bit of a loner and NEVER purposely placed a support system around me. It is clear to me now how important that is...I had my reasons for being that way from my youth but I have many more reasons to not be that way now. Things are REALLY good sober! You are right! i experienced cercical CA with bowel involvement after I got clean and sober from the pills and WE ( my loved ones and I ) got through that just fine! I have re-married and have a wonderful support system through my in-laws and I have thee greatest kids 24 and 13 ....on my way to a Nursing job fair this minute right down the street from my house!...Thanks again!

    MTM:heartbeat Happy Valentines Day!
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    there are many jobs in nursing that you can fill and complete your probation
    there are legal offices, insurance companies, doctors ffice,
    do what yo have to do, good idea about a nurses recovery group, nothing like an understanding shoulder to lean on
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