Hello everyone, my name is Amanda and I'm a RN who recently self reported to IPN for ETOH addiction. I've never had any action taken on my license, and thankfully I self reported in hopes of preventing any outside referrals to make this a mandatory decision to keep my license before any outside action was taken. I have HIGH hopes on beating this addiction, and want nothing more than to afford myself the opportunity to get myself better in order to give my pts 100% of me in regards to giving them the care they expect and deserve. I'm taking in a LOT all at once, and it's tough to accept what my self reporting has now made a mandatory responsibilty to accept if I hope to keep my RN license. There's no going back now, I just have to accept the consequences of my actions and do EVERY single thing I can do to comply with the program and take this 1 day at a time. I urge any people going through the IPN program to give me as much feedback as possible on how to be successful. My initial paperwork should arrive at IPN by tommorow at noon, and from there I'll set up my evaluation. My biggest step was saying I have a problem out loud, and then asking for help. I've also had to report to my work so I'm on FMLA as of 4 days ago, which i'm sure ruined a bunch of my colleagues vacation requests which also makes me feel guilty. All I can say is I've taken the 1st step and I'll be dealing with this everyday for the rest of my life. Any support is appreciated. I'll keep you all posted on my progress. Thank you for listening to a RN in need of friends in this VERY difficut time.
I'm so glad that you sought help before bad things started happening in your life and nursing practice! I sought help through my state's nurses assistance program for my drinking as I was just miserable and knew things would eventually get much worse. I don't regret it one bit. The program is tough but you can definitely do it...just keep working on your sobriety! Prayers for you as you go forward!
Last edit by RN4HUGS on Jun 21, '13
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