I am a Registered Nurse and I was caught diverting narcotics. Since I immediately came clean about taking the meds, I was not turned in to the BON, but I was suspended and had to enroll in a 30 day rehabilitation program in order to keep the hospital from turning me in to the BON. My organization has been very supportive throughout this whole mess.
I completed the program and have been attending regular AA and NA meetings. HR is working with me to find a "safe" job within the organization as long as I pass monthly random drug tests, and a few other requirements that should be easy to comply with. However, I have heard through the grapevine that it may take up to a year for the organization to find a position for me. Financially speaking, that will be very difficult for myself and my family.
Is anyone clear on Illinois law... am I required to stay with my current organization? What would happen if I decided to apply for another position, for example, at a physician's office? Would they report me to the board? What type of reference should I expect to receive from the hospital I am currently with?
I would love to stay with the hospital I work for now, however, I don't think my family could survive on one income if it takes a year to find me a "safe" position. (I guess I should have thought of that before I began taking the narcotics, huh?) )':
Thank you...any advice you have for me would be greatly appreciated!