I recently graduated from nursing school and am preparing to take the NCLEX in February. In the meantime I've been giving a lot of thought about what specialty to go into and was hoping some of you out there could help. I have struggled with an eating disorder for the past 8 years with intermittent bouts of alcohol abuse and chemical dependency. I am 28 now and when I was 20 I used to order Norco through my dad's office...I also find myself drawn to medicine cabinets of homes I am invited into to look for other narcotics. While I am not actively using now I have a tremendous fear that the stress of being a new nurse mixed with exposure to narcotics might make me do something I will regret. I guess my question is are there any specialties out there that do not involve narcotics or at least are "low risk" for potential abuse. I love floor nursing so I am hoping to avoid going into management...I've heard dialysis and pre-op ambulatory care could be options. Any advice you guys could give me would be so greatly appreciated. I can't believe that I have these feelings about potentially diverting medications...it is so shameful
....I just want to be sure I do not run into any trouble or worse yet, harm any patients. Thanks for any advice!