Help! Trouble finding a job with my license being on probation!!!! - page 4

by GotoGirlRN

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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 hear you NurseJen79-

    I am in a similar situation. I have 1 year to go of my 5 years of probation for drug diversion from my job in 2000. (Stayed away from nursing for 5 years after the problem due to shame).

    When I have a job, being on probation is really not tough at all, but looking for work really sucks. The prejudice I have encountered in what is my longest job search ever has been unbelievable. For example, every insurance company in my area specifies that the license must be unrestricted. Argh!

    Catmom
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    Quote from getme2work
    Subee- I am in PA
    Have you tried posting on the Pa. page under the "Region" section of Allnurses? Perhaps someone might help you find recovery friendly employers in your county. Best wishes.
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    I am not sure how far you wanna go to work as a nurse again but i worked as a cna(nursing asst) for eight months to prove what a reliable trusted valuable employee i could be. it paid off I am now working as a LPN on a unit with 40 beds where I am the charge nurse. I have done well and it was definatly worth the humiliation of working as a aid for the eight months;. I am not saying working as a aid is humiliating only after being incharge for several years befor having to go back to doing it. i was very proud when i was a aid for 5 years befreo becoming a nurse.
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    TRY your best to stay calm. See if you can get off nights...I met a friend who went through that...and it does almost break you down...especially financially. But DO NOT give UP! Try a company called Davita they do dialysis....just keep applying. You were probably really tired and unfortunately, people are not just "NICE" these days. You stay in God's hands...I am praying for you and your family. In the meantime find another job in something....you may even find security or somethingelse is a nice break...Keep your eyes on God....he feeds the sparrow and He will feed you, too! Try somethingelse until something in nursing comes through DO NOT WAIT, now go apply somewhere...YOU WILL MAKE IT ....U R A NURSE! LOVE YOU!
    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Jul 28, '11 : Reason: TOS
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    OMG. Moderator. Can we remove the previous post? Encouraging desperate people to give money to strangers is so wrong.
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    What to do??? In 1994 I was taken hostage by a prisoner at knifepoint (working at the prison hospital) - once I returned to work, I was a nervous wreck and wrongly started taking Vicodin to soothe my nerves at work (I had a prescription for it). I told my supervisor about the problems I was having, and she reported me to the State. Before the state intervened, I had already gone to Rehab. Fast forward a few years - completely disgusted with all the hoops they wanted me to go through, I went back to college and graduated Cum Laude with another degree, and of course, can't find a job in that field. So, now I'm trying to get my license back - and you'd think that I was the absolute worst person that ever walked the earth. I've jumped through all of their hoops so far ($500 worth to date), and now they tell me I've got to apply to a different department - another $500 no doubt.

    So, is it going to be worth it? I assume I will be on probation even though it's been over a decade later. No jobs out there? I've got a spotlessly clean record, don't drink or do drugs.... geesh...
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    Brenna: Are you in an alternative to discipline program? Why are you being charged $500 and what is a "different department"? Any program is going to require at least two years of urines but that doesn't mean that you can't work during that time.
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    Subee -

    The $500 was a combination of costs for relicensure - including retaking state boards. I went to rehab back in 1994; my license expired in 2000. I found out online that they had placed me on probation 2 months *after* my license expired (my lawyer had long been dead by then). I also graduated from MSU in 2000, so I just didn't pursue the nursing license. Fast forward some more - I want to get my license back, so I followed all the rules and fees for "Relicensure". Ok - well, now they tell me that was the wrong department, and that I have to apply to a different department called "Reinstatement". New application fees as well, and the other fees paid don't transfer. I'm hoping the CEU's I completed will at least transfer.

    2 years worth of urines seem kind of ludicrous since this happened what - 17 years ago? But, whatever, I guess - they probably need to make sure. I'm just worried that there won't be any work available. Heck, I'm not even sure what they'll do! Frustrating...it's been 2 months, and nobody knows anything - still. Just frustrating. I'm just hoping that it'll be worth it...
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    Quote from Brenna40
    Subee -

    The $500 was a combination of costs for relicensure - including retaking state boards. I went to rehab back in 1994; my license expired in 2000. I found out online that they had placed me on probation 2 months *after* my license expired (my lawyer had long been dead by then). I also graduated from MSU in 2000, so I just didn't pursue the nursing license. Fast forward some more - I want to get my license back, so I followed all the rules and fees for "Relicensure". Ok - well, now they tell me that was the wrong department, and that I have to apply to a different department called "Reinstatement". New application fees as well, and the other fees paid don't transfer. I'm hoping the CEU's I completed will at least transfer.

    2 years worth of urines seem kind of ludicrous since this happened what - 17 years ago? But, whatever, I guess - they probably need to make sure. I'm just worried that there won't be any work available. Heck, I'm not even sure what they'll do! Frustrating...it's been 2 months, and nobody knows anything - still. Just frustrating. I'm just hoping that it'll be worth it...
    Brenna, If you can get your profession back, it IS worth it. The state's first interest is public safety. It's not about doubting your recovery but about them performing their duty to the citizens and PROVING that you are safe. The only objective measure they have is urines. Your experience is the very hard way to learn that it's easier to just get enrolled in the alternative program IMMEDIATELY and get through your 2 years of proven sobriety then to try to put the bricks back together 17 years later. I think it stinks about you having to pay an extra $500 for their incompetence. Don't let it get you down and keep in touch here so we know
    the end of the story.
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    I would love to talk to you. I have a documentation restriction on my license, and can't get anywhere with employment process. Running out of hope.


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