It's no secret nurses in recovery have a difficult time finding employment. My google research has lead me to believe it's next to impossible and getting harder everyday for Texas TPAPN nurses to find jobs.
I am currently just getting started on my "post getting sober and enrolling in TPAPN" job search. As a newbie at this process, one of my biggest fears and concern is the issue of when to mention TPAPN and what specifically to say about it. Or in my case not to say. As I have a
history of over-sharing at times when I would have been better off shutting up.
I thought it would be helpful (especially to me
If those of you in who have been at this longer shared your tips and tricks. Examples of what worked and what didn't. All of us here could use all the help we can get.
Topics I would be interested in hearing about
Situations where you worded your "confession" in such a way that was well received or perhaps not well received.
Has there been anything you've said that afterwards...you wish you could take back.
Examples of questions you've been asked after
reveling your participation in your state's program.
Mistakes you've feel you've made during the process.
Things you've said or done that worked well.
Please share your experience and wisdom!!!
I'll go first.
After applying for a position at a large hospital they emailed me and scheduled a phone interview. I had already been advised "not mention TPAPN on the first date" and to wait until they liked me and showed interest. So I was caught off guard when she asked if I "had any restrictions on my license." I wasn't anticipation that question and my gut reaction was to of course not lie. So I told her I was in TPAPN and then started babbling about that's all behind me and I'm completely ready to go back to work...blah blah blah I was definitely not prepared for that question. They never called back. I wasn't shocked.
Later when telling my advocate about what happened she informs me that my license does NOT in fact have any restrictions on it. I was thoroughly confused. She then explains to me the difference between restrictions on your nursing license and TPAPN required work restrictions. Well I wish someone had told me that sooner!!!