In 2003, I thought that I will never return to nursing. I gave up my contract after one relapse, and I gave up nursing all together at that point.
After a while, I realized that nursing and the medical field is in my blood, but since I could not return, I decided to reinvent myself, and to use the wealth of information that I have to serve others.
I became a CPR, ACLS,PALS Instructor, then Medical Assistant Instructor (for which you don't need a license, since you are working under the Dept. of Ed), then I learned how to be an OSHA consultant, and I began to make doctor's offices compliant for State QSHA regulations. I also became a Medical Assistant and EKG tech. and Phlebotomist. (teaching these pays from 20/hr to 25/hr, sometimes more).
You get my drift?
I guess that the fact that I gave up on nursing pushed me to search other things that I can do.
For example, I never knew that I can teach....When I stood in front of a whole bunch of people, I thought that my heart will cease to beat. But I had no choice, so I open my mouth and speak, and wonderful things came out of it...lol
Now, after all these years, I am attempting to get my licence back. And I probably will, but I did not allowed myself to act as a victim. I took charge of my recovery and my life.
Sure, it was harder than I describe here, but.......WHAT CHOICE DID I HAVE?
God bless you and stay clean!