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.
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
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