1. In July of 2009, I turned myself into the Peer program. Not as noble as it sounds, as I knew I was going to be reported for working while impaired (which ultimately was showing in my work).

    I valued my career even more than my family and was a work-a-holic. Which is part of the reason my normally social drinking grew into an addiction. I thought this was the end of the world. I lived for almost 3 years scared I would not be able to afford a drug test, or IOP, or house payment. I never found a traditional nursing job while in peer, but I got creative and found a medical assisting job where they eventually agreed to invent a position for me that met my requirements (though my pay stayed the same as a medical assistant).

    I was delayed for 6 months due to issues that were out of my control (be careful who and where you work for is my only advice). But as of last week I F-I-N-A-L-L-Y made it through.

    Even just a few days later, I have opportunities I never thought of or thought I would have again. The "end" was really a beginning. It was a tough lesson. But I just knew I had to make it. I can't afford to, and have no desire to return to school to be anything else. At all costs I had to stick with it and keep my license.

    You can do it. I thought this time would never come! But it does. Keep the faith!
  2. 26 Comments

  3. by   nurseaig
    Congrats. Keep up the good works. Welcome back!
  4. by   Julie19
  5. by   steffuturelpn
    congrats stay head strong, nurses are the toughest people i know, and u can get through this as u already did. congrats again
  6. by   KaseyJo
    Congratulations. I am so very happy for you! I am new to the site and under unfortunate circumstances of my own fault. I was wondering.....so you didn't work as a nurse for those three years? I only ask because I'm in a situation where my nursing license has been suspended for three years and that makes me feel very anxious and defeated. I have a posting about my situation so I won't bore you by repeating it. Your story is very inspiring because it gives me hope where I felt that there was none. If you have any additional advice for someone in a similar situation, I would be so grateful to hear it. Again, what an accomplishment. Best of luck to you
  7. by   NurseManserra
  8. by   mindlor
    Such a great awesome story Very happy for you
  9. by   jmo1231
    Congratulations!! I am so proud of you! I am in the monitoring program in PA....I start a new job tomorrow as a nurse! Your story gives me strength and hope! I am in year 1 of a 3 year contract with the BON secondary to DUI and alcoholism.....My story is on here as well...Good Luck to you .:heartbeat
  10. by   TXRN2
    heartfelt congratulations!!! it is so awesome to "make it through" & come out the other side with our sobriety, sanity, & careers intact! and, as you will find, it is a pleasure to get back to a new "normal" life. best of luck to you- may God continue to bless you & guide you!!
  11. by   sdlane
    Congratulations !!!!!!!!!!
  12. by   Meriwhen
    Congratulations for completing the program! I wish you continued success in your recovery.
  13. by   bl lvn
    that's great news!! I will god willing complete TPAPN in 7days!! like u said the end is just the beginning ... I can not wait to stop wasting money on drug tests! efff that!! I'm going back to school!!
  14. by   fayet
    Congrats and keep the faith!