Frustrated - page 2

Hi, This is a, I am such a little health nut (most of the time, but have been eating and drinking stuff lately that can pack on the pounds), so I order salads a lot. Well, I have been avoiding vinaigrette because of... Read More

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    Yes, mine is alcohol and a mental health issue. Both disclosed. No job issue, just was honest on application. I know they have to disclose it because of the law in VA, but it just was a shock and painful to see online. It's not illegal in VA because of something in the Code of VA that allows/makes them disclose it--public info. The staff is nice at the VA BON, but I just don't disclose what I have to people. I leave it at "I have a mental illness." when they need to know/ask. Nothing else. So, it was painful to see something most people don't know I have, online.
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    In my state, the Board Orders are very detailed, including all psychiatric diagnoses (all substance abuse/dependence diagnoses are psychiatric disorders) and a thorough listing of any problems that nurse has ever had while employed in nursing.I have seen things listed that are 15years old. There is no statue of limitations.

    So everything about a person's life, with name and full address is available for anyone to view forevor. To the OP, no one can truly understand how traumatic that is unless it is their life exposed on the internet.

    The good news is this experience can help you get stronger. My feelings of powerlessness were overwhelming when my Board order came out, but this greatly improved my relationship with God, as I looked to him to help me through my feelings. That pain has also reminded me why I never want to return to active addiction again.

    Best wishes to you.
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    mona, what did you do when you saw yours online? Did you sit and stare at it and then cry? That's about how it went down with me.
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    So, technically...if someone has a history of depression then they would have to report to the board when applying for licensure of a mental health history? That seems absurd!

    I saw another nurse post here saying that she was being investigated after making some errors at work and the board investigator had records of every pharmacy she had ever been to! How is that legal? Does the board have the authority to check the medical and pharmacy records of every nurse or nurse applicant even if they have never had any legal issues or complaints?

    I am just learning about this and it's shocking to me!
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    JS, yes, they have that right. I know you are in TN, so I don't know the laws in TN, but in VA, we have the Code of VA. The application asks about mental health hx and chemical dependence issues. The BON can deny someone a license because of it; I have an order because of my alcohol abuse and mental health issues (even though I am treated) and am in HPMP.

    It's hard seeing it online, but I understand why. I am just thankful they gave me a chance because I actually could have been denied a license because of those issues.
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    I am dealing with the same issues of powerlessness, feeling demeaned and utterly helpless because of the board and the situation that I am in. They have pretty much deemed me unfit because of a mental health issue and are asking me to show cause or accept a five year suspension. I feel like I have no choices, nowhere to turn to explain how I am feeling, the overwhelm and the feelings of powerlessness are terrible. I feel like I have no option but to accept the suspension and to go along with PHMP for 5 years. My husband says I am lucky I still have a license but I can't get rid of these feelings. Every time I look at the papers I get those feelings or realize the situation that I am in. And no one can help me feel better about it. I feel like ****. Like there' s no hope for me. Please if anyone has gone through this please pm me. I need some help and encouragement.


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