I self reported and about to do cando

  1. I am about to enter the cando program, as I have an appt with the state board of az tomorrow... I am scared. I don't know what to do. I self reported myself. I am so sick to my stomach. I cant stop crying and I feel very depressed. I am so angry and myself and really feel as if I cant move on from this. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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  2. 22 Comments

  3. by   SpankedInPittsburgh
    You already told them all the important facts of your case. I would think the best thing you can do is say you are committed to your recovery and say how and tell them you want to do what is necessary to keep being a nurse
  4. by   tiffpritRN
    Bless you! You have taken the first step. Just remember to take one day at a time. I know exactly how you feel. This chat group is very supportive so vent here all you want to .
  5. by   Jxo83
    I think I'm scared I won't find another job, although the hospital I work for said they would rehire me. I don't know how true that is. I graduate with my BSN in a month. I've worked so hard, and it's just slipping out of my hands.
  6. by   SpankedInPittsburgh
    What do they have on you?
  7. by   tiffpritRN
    I understand. I've been a RN since 1997 , 20 years! I never dreamed this would happen to me but it did , and it happened so fast! Addiction can happen to anyone.
    Follow the recommendations set up by your BON . I think it will help that you self reported, it does here in Mississippi.
    Good luck and God Bless! God is my higher power and I praise him for everything :-)
  8. by   tiffpritRN
    You will most likely find a job . Dialysis clinics , nursing homes , and behavioral health facilities hire nurses in recovery. The main goal is you find a job that has no access to narcotics. I'm working in dialysis and really like it. It pays very well and has great benefits
  9. by   Jxo83
    When they confronted me about it, I was honest and complied. I gave them a urine test and self reported myself, as they were going to report me. I thought it would be better coming from me first. In a way I wish I refused everything and left. But I didn't. I didn't even think i had the choice. I just felt cornered, humiliated, & embarassed.
  10. by   Jxo83
    I applied to about 15 clinics. I have a phone interview with a dialysis one. Fingers crossed.
  11. by   rn1965
    Quote from Jxo83
    When they confronted me about it, I was honest and complied. I gave them a urine test and self reported myself, as they were going to report me. I thought it would be better coming from me first. In a way I wish I refused everything and left. But I didn't. I didn't even think i had the choice. I just felt cornered, humiliated, & embarassed.
    In my opinion, you did the right thing. I failed CANDO in 2003 (my own fault) and I am now trying to get my license reinstated. At the time I entered, many places hired, just did not let me have narc keys.

    If you would have refused, you would have been reported. CANDO allows you to finish with no mark on your license. Hang in there and good luck!
  12. by   Jxo83
    You have really given me hope. Thank you. I had an appt with the board today, they called me and rescheduled for next Tuesday. I just pray I will be okay and my life and career isn't over. Thank you so very much. & you can do it too
  13. by   tiffpritRN
    Hopefully you will hear something soon from one of the places you applied . Praying for you and all of our fellow nurses in recovery :-)
  14. by   RN2364
    I have been in the CANDO program about 1.5 years. There are a ton of hoops to jump thru but it's doable! The best places for jobs are Iasis. They are CANDO friendly. Banner not so much. It I know nurses in the program that do work at Banner. Keep your head up. It is depressing and demoralizing but it can be done.

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