I am not in the medical field so be patient with any miss use of terminology.
I am here because I have an issue with my wife who is a nurse. I am under the belief that she is diverting or taking meds from work. She is an admitted alcoholic/ addict who has been left untreated for the last 18months. She has had multiple relapses that I have accounted to drinking. I don't think it was alcohol now that I have found more evidence. About a month ago I found a vial of dilaudid in her work coat. There was only a small amount left in the vial. Two weeks later it was still there, then gone when I checked last night. Yesterday I was in her bag looking for tape and there was a used needle, empty vial of morphine, and a wipe that had been torn open then replaced in the wrapper.
I asked her and the response I got was extremely defensive.
I'm not sure what to do. Last thing I want is someone to get hurt if she's doing it. Is it normal to end up with narcotic vials,used needles, and wipes in your pocket at the end of the shift. Seems like there would be a protocol for disposal of these things. If nothing else I'd expect a nurse to toss the swap in the trash and the needle in the sharps.
Any help on standard practices and polices of hospitals would be benificial. I don't want to turn my wife in as that's a hard thing to do. I do understand the addiction side as I'm in recovery myself. I'm not expecting her to be perfect but left untreated someone will get hurt or possibly die.
I am sorry but I am having a very hard time believing that you are seriously wondering if used needles & leftover narcotics in one's pockets is normal the end of a nursing shift. You then go on to use the term "sharps," which is medical slang, which makes me wonder if you are at least tangentially involved in the medical field and are just trying to prank the members of this forum.
Maybe I will get flamed for doubting you---but are you kidding???
If your query is serious, then your wife's patients aren't the only one in danger. She may well die as a result of her narcotics abuse. Saying you don't want to turn her in because it is "hard" just doesn't cut it.
Get her help, hopefully without getting her the involvement of the board of nursing. Period.
Last edit by catmom1 on Mar 23, '13