Can I become a Nurse Practioner? - page 2

Hello all, thank you for reading :) At this time I am on probation for narcotics diversion. I was a nurse in labor and delivery. I have now been sober for 2 years :) I do having a nursing job in my field as a WIC nurse at the... Read More

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    What a wonderful realistic common sense advice!

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    I would talk to potential employers in your area to see from a professional standpoint what they think as far as your hire-ability. I would also ask the school of nursing before applying, because some application fees are out of this world! I would also check with your all of TXRN suggested agencies first. All of these will give you the answer that you seek. Some states and localities it would be a solid no, some a solid go-for-it, and others it's a very gray area. We all have opinions, but unless you ask the correct governing bodies, I think most of us can only give an educated guess for our specific locale. Good luck, though. I believe everyone deserves a second chance. I also don't think Blue
    Devil meant to flame or be disrespectful, I think that really is some food for thought that someone hiring may have. It's not nice, but it is realistic.
    Last edit by RNinIN on Feb 6, '13 : Reason: additional info
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    I think TX RN gave you a great place to start. One other thing I would consider is the school. Some applications will ask if your license has ever been placed on restrictions. There are other schools that are only interested if you have a current, unencumbered license. As I am sure you’re already aware, we do not have enough practitioners, particularly in rule areas. With that being said, I would highly doubt that facilities in great need would reject a person who is up-front about his/her past and how he/she has grown from the experience.

    Good luck to you in your future endeavors.
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    Quote from onprobation:(
    Hello all, thank you for reading
    At this time I am on probation for narcotics diversion. I was a nurse in labor and delivery.
    I have now been sober for 2 years I do having a nursing job in my field as a WIC nurse at the health dept. Which I consider myself completley lucky as hell. I graduated from nursing school top of my class and recently decided I wanted to go back to school for my Master's in Nursing. I beleive this may help me to enter a new chapter in my life to prove to everyone and myself that I am a successful person, look what I did after my whole life went down the drain. I feel like it would help me get my confidence back. I would love to be a pediatric nurse practioner, but if I went through all that schooling and paid all that money would it all be for nothing?

    My thoughts are if I specialize in Peds and work in an office I would hardly ever if at all be in the position to dispence narcotics. If for some reason that was the case my supervising physician would be able to write the script instead and it would not be a problem because of the infrequency. By the time I get done with school I would have put at least 7yrs between me and my downfall. Is there a chance for me?? What do you think?

    In a year I will go before the BON to petition to get my license back unencumbered.
    My restrictions right now are that I cannot pass narcotics, work nights or work more than 40hrs a week, I can't be a travel nurse. I have been in a recovery program for the last 2 yrs and have done everything asked of me. Im trying so so hard and yet I still feel like I'm at the bottom of the barrel. I recently read a quote saying "Don't let your mistakes define you"
    I wish I could do that but even 2yrs out I still feel a large amount of guilt. If anyone has any advice I would love to hear it. Thanks so much for reading this book of a post.
    Congrats on your sobriety! I worked in an Opiate addiction clinic and dealt with many nurses (former, restricted and not caught yet) I know the nurses that had restricted licenses had to jump through some serious hoops to be allowed to work anymore. Lots of random drug testing and fees to pay etc. I admire you for continuing and working towards a sober life and getting your full license back! Most in my experience have given up, to date I don't know of even one at my former facility that stuck with it. I don't know the BON in your state nor do I know any rules for school, but I encourage you to at least ask the questions. Be honest but also show your determination and enthusiasm, you never know. Also I would ask around at schools, and in human resources departments just to get a feel for what you'll be up against. If it's something you wouldn't be able to do, have you thought about working with addicts? It's not a glamorous job by any means, but it can be very rewarding especially for someone that has personally struggled. Good Luck!
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    So happy to see all the positive comments on here. Thanks members of allnurses for being a supportive group. I am proud to be a member!
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    Hi onprobation. Kudos to you for cleaning up and trying to move forward. Thats great! As to your question..Its gonna depend on your state. I think its a long shot as you will be a prescriber as a NP. Its gonna be so many barriers along the way. You have to consider being accepted in school, approved for clinical sites as they do back ground checks prior to starting clinicals, being able to apply for boards and then the DEA. And they are really cracking down here in Michigan. It seems like every day I here that some office ways raided...and its always involving Narcotics.

    So I agree with a previous poster, contact your State Nursing board and local schools and get the answers in writing so you can know your options up front. Keep up the Good work! And keep progressing. That's awesome. I am very proud of you!
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    Gotta stick up for BlueDevil here. Like she said, it's really not about shaming the OP. I think her example of how any potential employer would view a narcotic conviction is pretty realistic.
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    I think BlueDevil and other early posters were giving a realistic response. Let's be real here, OP is in an unfortunate situation, albeit of her own making, but why waste the time to do this if there is no realistic chance of employment? I guess she could try to get answers from the BON and DEA, but if it's anything like the BON in the states I have worked in, she won't get a straight answer. She could probably get some school to admit her with enough effort, but credentialing I think is a bridge too far. I was frankly shocked by the mountain of paperwork I had to fill out to get credentialed at my facility, and that was without admitting privileges and in a state that significantly restricts NP practice anyway. I also had to file supporting paperwork for "discrepancies" in my credentialing file resulting from address changes (husband in the military). I just don't think any credentialing board, or hospital/group malpractice company is going to accept that risk. It is remarkable to have a job (and a license) at all after diversion, don't think NP is a realistic goal.
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    Agreed studentnurserachel. I think the main thing is not what was said, but how it was said. Ya know? Don't want to come off as being mean to someone that is truly trying to improve themselves.
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    Quote from TX RN
    I'm honestly shocked at what I read from BlueDevil. A well-known, long-time member here with the majority of her posts falling in the pragmatic and sensible categories I can't believe what I read. I re-read, then re-read again, thinking I misread.

    "Professionally speaking it would be better if you had killed someone" Really?! Wow. That's amazing.
    Now, I know a thing or two about nursing boards and the consequences that follow with gross negligence or malpractice. Either of those 2 can kill someone. A board investigation that leads to licensure sanctions, stipulations on practice, suspension, denial of renovation, revocation, etc., etc., is extremely difficult to deal with. I don't think comparing it to a "drug diversion" charge is a fair analysis. They are two completely different things. To say "better to kill someone than get your drug high" is absolutely absurd. And yes, both professionally speaking and on a personal level, it's absurd.
    My comment was misinterpreted. I am saying that honest human error (not malpractice or negligence) that results in even tragic patient outcomes, including death, is often more easily forgiven by professional boards than is narcotic abuse/diversion. Savvy?

    I genuinely wish the OP the best, but I do think they have a very difficult road ahead of them. Perhaps it is not impossible, but I don't think they are well served by pretending that the challenge is easily surmountable. In many environments, that Scarlett letter makes them an undesirable job candidate even if they get past admissions committees, state boards and the DEA. If I were making life plans, I'd be very, very careful knowing that. And being pragmatic, as you so correctly point out, I'd be appreciative of honest appraisals of my situation.

    Thanks for the vote of confidence in my intentions. As a "well-known, long-time member here with the majority of her (sic) posts falling in the pragmatic and sensible categories, I'm quite certain I deserve it.
    And I am not a she, BTW. I guess I am not all that well known after all, lol.
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