Originally posted by PPL:
I tried posting a reply directly to your post, but when I typed in my ID, etc., it just flipped me back to your topic, and didn't let me post, so I started a new topic, but on the SAME topic. I can't help you as far as journal articles, but I am very interested in the topic. It seems like when we have these incidents of substance impaired nurses in our facility, they always try to keep it quiet, so we're never sure what happens to these people. Some get fired, some go to treatment and get rehired on certain conditions, some resign and show up at other facilities eventually, and some ya just don't know what happens. I personally have no tolerance for these folks. When they start talking that jive about their "recovery" and their "disease" I tune out. I feel it's a betrayal of their co-workers, their facility reputation, their family, friends, and esp themselves. I have seen so many go through treatmant after treatment, nurses included, and they just aren't motivated. I have a "loaded weapon theory" that I bet would motivate them quick! But since our society takes such a liberal approach to addicts/alcoholics, plus there's MONEY TO BE MADE since it's a DISEASE, why would they be motivated? After all, they're DISABLED, right??? OK, I've told you what I think, so go ahead everyone and lay it on me! This is just my opinion, but I would give anyone one chance to clean up their act, then it's out the door Lulu! It costs all of us, and I for one am tired of paying!
I cannot help but respond to your post. I am one of those recovering nurses and take offense at some of your ignorant comments.
Yes, it is a disease, one I would rather not have!! I fail to see where "betrayal" plays any part in this dieases, or maybe I am just ignorant. Did I betray my former employer? My coworkers? Yes I used in the job, but I do not think I bertayed them. I misrepresented myself and lied about my using initially. I was hesitant to admit I had a problem, because of people with attitudes similar to yours! There are so many people who lack knowledge regarding addiction. I am in recovery, I do not spout recovery talk to anyone I work with, and am grateful that I have been given a new chance in life! My liscence is on probation, has been for the past 34 months and I choose , today to not work around narcotics. Instead I work in an office setting with insurance.
I really take umbrage with your comments about the "loaded weapon".
Where is there money to be made, and by whom? Yes it is a disease, but at least in my state, it is NOT a disability. I did not collect 1 dime of money from any one when I was in treatment and out of work for over 4 months. Maynr there are people out there like that , but the majority of people who do such things are not addicts!!
I suggest you become a little more open minded and get off whatever throne you think you are sitting on. I would not like you to care for any of my family or friends with the attitude you display.If your attitude is loke this , how are you with patients eho are alcoholics, or addicts? What about HIV patients? You must live in an awfully enclosed world!! Unfortunately, you are not alone in your thinking. There are many others in the medical field who are just as opinionated and unknowledgable as you!!