Getting discourged

  1. [font=lucida sans unicode]hello, i am 3 years clean at this point from an addiction to pain pills. i lost my job and my lisence 3 years ago in ohio. i had no idea about this site i have spent the last 3 years trying to figure out what is going on. everyone says call the board and ask them well i dont know about anyone else but obn has no answers for you. now i have my lisence back and have been to multiple interviews with no job yet. i think what gets me is the way some people look at you as if they have never heard of restrictions and i know i am not the only one out here. every nurse that i know in this situation says go to a certain nursing home and low and behold that is the one i was fired from so i am wondering is there any other facility in cincinnati that hires nurses with restrictions?
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  3. by   Thunderwolf
    Your anquish is understandable, but do not give up hope that you will find employ that will accept you as you are now, despite the reminder of the past. A key thing that you may want to consider in your present interview packet is evidence of your treatment followup, clean testing afterward, and references that support your accomplishment of sobriety. It is an additional hurdle that you face, but doesn't mean that it is impossible to overcome. Sell yourself and your skills as a nurse, as you acknowledge your past and celebrate your sobriety.

    My very best to you.

    You'll find that doubt.
  4. by   Shell5
    I agree with the above post. You must focus on what you have done since you have been in recovery. Are you going to meetings? Are you sober? Have you learned from what has happened? What have you learned from this experience? What are your goals in sobriety? What have you done in the last 3 years? Are you working with other women to help them? List whatever you are doing on a piece of paper and keep looking at it. I know I am accustomed to focusing on what is going wrong in my life. Picture yourself getting that job. If you have a Higher Power ask for guidance in each questionable situation. Do you have a mentor in the program you are in? If so, have you called them? As hard as you worked for your addiction, put just that much into your recovery and mental attitude to finding a job. I know it is hard. I have been there. I have been out of the nursing program 5 years. It was difficult to find that job, but one of the reasons is because there were some nurses who had went on before in the program who had relapsed and the hospitals/facilities did not want to take that chance on hiring me because of what happened to them. This too shall pass.