Help! Trouble finding a job with my license being on probation!!!! - page 3

by GotoGirlRN

To make a long story short, 2 years ago the Board started investigating me after some coworkers said I was acting "goofy" at work. I had excellent patient reviews, etc.. I had recently started on 2 antidepressants and worked 12... Read More


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    I'm in a similar situation. I was turned in for stealing syringes after I refused to comply with someone's blackmail demands. The syringes weren't even for me, but because they were for someone else's addiction I got caught in the middle. Now I'm in the same boat. It doesn't matter how many applications I fill out; either, I never make it to the interview process or I call back as instructed just to be told "we went with someone else". It's very frustrating. Sometimes I really feel as if this is a form of discrimination. My license has no restrictions placed on it. Simply probation with random drug screens, employer reports, individual reports, and fines. I find the state board of nursing little to no help in giving me direction. I understand what you are going through. I'm currently thinking about going back to school for something unrelated to the healthcare field.
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    My license too was put on probation last fall. It was been a living nightmare trying to find a job. I have an interview Monday at a state prison... Does anyone know if I am wasting my time? I have lost everything (home, car, confidence) and just need someone to give me a break..Thanks
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    Quote from GotoGirlRN
    To make a long story short, 2 years ago the Board started investigating me after some coworkers said I was acting "goofy" at work. I had excellent patient reviews, etc.. I had recently started on 2 antidepressants and worked 12 hour midnight shifts so I do think the medications were causing me to be a bit "foggy" at times but I always got my job done and done correctly....That job decided to fire me, I had a panic attack at home and took too many klonopin to try to calm down, my husband took me to the hospital so now I am labelled as "overdosing on the klonopin and suicide attempt" < which is not true.......
    Skip ahead to this past March, my nursing license was placed on "Probation with restrictions".. The only "restrictions" I have are 1)to not work for a staffing agency 2) to not be a nursing supervisor... I have NO narcotic restrictions or other practice restrictions.. I have no criminal history whatsoever.....
    I'm an R.N. and I am unemployed. No one seems to want to hire me but yet I have worked with people in similiar situations in the past so I know nurses on probation do get hired places, but where?
    My husband works full time but still we are on the verge of bankruptcy right now. I have to find a job. My husband has MS so while his work is regular, if he has a relapse, well then he is off of work too. Does anyone have any advice such as where they were hired after being put on probation, or certain types of facilities that tend to hire nurses on probation?? I appreciate any advice, I feel beaten down, confused, scared and pretty low right about now so any advice would make my day! Thanks.






    There is hope. I'm working on probation, would love to chat.
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    Go2Girl: I think you've done nothing wrong to be placed on probation. It's estimated that 25% of the population lives with an anxiety disorder. I think you made the mistake of showing up for a board hearing without a lawyer (?). Please, EVERYONE, hiring a lawyer is cheaper than having an action against your license.
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    Quote from GotoGirlRN
    To make a long story short, 2 years ago the Board started investigating me after some coworkers said I was acting "goofy" at work. I had excellent patient reviews, etc.. I had recently started on 2 antidepressants and worked 12 hour midnight shifts so I do think the medications were causing me to be a bit "foggy" at times but I always got my job done and done correctly....That job decided to fire me, I had a panic attack at home and took too many klonopin to try to calm down, my husband took me to the hospital so now I am labelled as "overdosing on the klonopin and suicide attempt" < which is not true.......
    Skip ahead to this past March, my nursing license was placed on "Probation with restrictions".. The only "restrictions" I have are 1)to not work for a staffing agency 2) to not be a nursing supervisor... I have NO narcotic restrictions or other practice restrictions.. I have no criminal history whatsoever.....
    I'm an R.N. and I am unemployed. No one seems to want to hire me but yet I have worked with people in similiar situations in the past so I know nurses on probation do get hired places, but where?
    My husband works full time but still we are on the verge of bankruptcy right now. I have to find a job. My husband has MS so while his work is regular, if he has a relapse, well then he is off of work too. Does anyone have any advice such as where they were hired after being put on probation, or certain types of facilities that tend to hire nurses on probation?? I appreciate any advice, I feel beaten down, confused, scared and pretty low right about now so any advice would make my day! Thanks.
    I'm curious if you have found gainful employment yet. I too have a license on probation and it has been a difficult process with no luck of employment yet. The economy hasn't helped either but I remain hopeful.
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    Quote from subee
    Go2Girl: I think you've done nothing wrong to be placed on probation. It's estimated that 25% of the population lives with an anxiety disorder. I think you made the mistake of showing up for a board hearing without a lawyer (?). Please, EVERYONE, hiring a lawyer is cheaper than having an action against your license.
    I could not agree more! I am going thru a terrible time because I did not consult a lawyer w experience in this area before I signed those papers! Now because of this I am more than likiely losing my 7 year relationship, my home which I worked so hard for, filing bankruptcy, and well, my entire life is a horrible mess. All this because I did not consult a lawyer first! If I could say one thing to anyone potentiially going into the program it would be TALK TO A LAWYER FIRST!
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    Go2Girl: I wish I had the power the undo what has been done and give you a comfortable life back. But I can't offer advice better than the previous posters. Don't give up. You can never predict when a job will have your name on it. Please keep in touch with us and keep spreading the message of GET A LAWYER. Can you PM me and let me know what state you live in.
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    Subee- I am in PA
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    Getme2work: Now I'm confused. I are you the person who was taking antidepressants? I thought that was Go2Girl. I can' find a prevous post from you on this thread.
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    My nursing license was also placed on probation this past May for a DUI...I do not have any restrictions but I have to jump through hoops for the state. I send in quarterly reports, have to submit to monthly random drug testing(never touched a drug in my life), notify them when I change jobs, and cant consume alcohol. I have been unemployed 5 months now and no one will hire me. I have 11 years experience as an LPN, am IV/phlebotomy certified, I work tons of overtime, I do all my work and then help others, but none of this matters. The corporations in my area will not even CONSIDER hiring a nurse whose license is on probation. I am at the point where I think I will just let them suspend it and save me the $60/month for drug testing. I received my DUI over 2 years ago and I have been more than punished for this. It is insane. People do change, they get better...but no one cares.


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