Hi. I hardly know where to begin, but I guess to start, I am currently a successful RN on Med/Surg who fought and won against HPRP two years ago. It consumed many months of my life, and consisted of numerous negative drugs screens, two evaluations in which both HPRP evaluators declared I DO NOT need any monitoring, and of course lots of stress, beratement, money, energy, and loss of income as I was a fresh grad and had to turn down my first offered nursing jobs because HPRP wouldn't even let me sit for the NCLEX until I was "cleared," with or without monitoring. Btw, the HPRP "doctor" said I needed 2 years of monitoring despite the two glowing evaluations. I took it to the second level and beyond and just barely won my battle. I think the clincher was I wrote to Senator Tom Casperson (bless his heart), who agreed that I was being abused by HPRP and asked the director(s) questions on my behalf. This got the office hopping mad, I was told by one kind woman who worked there and was actually (sort of) helping my case. But I won.
The background of my troubles? When I was filling out my NCLEX application, I checked the box that said, "Yes, I have attended substance abuse treatment in the last 2 (or does it say 3?) years."
While in nursing school when I was 31 years old, my boyfriend died suddenly of a heart attack. He was 39. I dropped out of school and began drinking heavily. I had been a social drinker previous to that, but this spiralled out of control and I knew it, and I checked myself into treatment a month and a half after he died. I completed treatment and began a life of total sobriety, attended grief counseling, got put on an anti-depressant, and re-enrolled in nursing school a year later.
I have no legal trouble of any sort, and realized in hindsight that I should have lied on my application because my treatment history is protected by HIPAA. So I got screwed for being honest.
HPRP cost me about $1000 to prove my innocence. Not only that, but they ruin you. They make you sad and feel crazy and then say, "See, you're depressed and crazy. You need 3 years of monitoring." It is like being a fly in a spider web, and the more you struggle, the more tangled you get.
Had I not been as articulate, strong-willed, or defensive as I am, I would not have beat HPRP. (My dad often says I was meant to be a lawyer, but I beg to differ.) I'll admit, I considered going on disabilty because if I was as messed up as HPRP said I was, it shouldn't have been to hard to prove to Michigan that I was incapable of holding down a job. So sad that HPRP almost ruined a great nurse who now loves her job and gets great evaluations and is loved by many!! So sad to me now that I even considered disability, but that is how HPRP can almost destroy a good person.
After jumping on this site, I am reading FAR too many stories like mine. Something needs to be done. I want my $1000 back AND an apology!
For those of you who really did go to work drunk or high, or stole pills, or have a conviction history, this does not apply. I am looking for innocent like-minded nurses who almost lost their nursing license before they even had it!!
So...what can be done? Unfortunately, I am not a lawyer. Can we file a class-action suit? How many of you had success against HPRP with a lawyer?
Good luck to all and keep fighting!! If you have questions about my case, please ask away.
May 2, '13
Thanks everyone for your replies. You are right; this is not the right forum for this.
I do thank the universe every day that I received no monitoring. I also know that $1000 is minimal compared to what I would have paid had I gotten monitoring. I don't know how anyone affords it, and I certainly couldn't have paid it without a job. I still feel like $1000 is a lot of money though!
Of course I feel bad for the things I have done. I will never be cured, but yes I am recovered/recovering. I am back, is what is important to me. I have been sober for 3+ years.
My comment was admittedly rude and I wasn't thinking. I got caught up in the anger I have for HPRP. If I hadn't gone to treatment when did, my life would have certainly gotten worse. I guess I just meant that I could have better understood everything that HPRP put me through if they had a concrete reason. But all they had was my honesty and ran with that.
I don't have a negative attitude about recovered addicts or nurses. I am one. And sometimes were are hard on ourselves.
I do have a bad taste left in my mouth from HPRP. I came here looking for support from others in situations like mine.
Last edit by fire.and.ice on May 2, '13
: Reason: Fixed some sentences