Hello everyone! I have been reading this forum for a few weeks and had a couple of questions I would love some feedback on.
I was an RN for 11 years before becoming an NP a year ago. I have worked at the same hospital the entire 12 years. Never been in trouble and always had outstanding evaluations. Well, 2 weeks ago I had a random drug test that was positive for lortab because I took 2 the night before that my mom had given me for a pulled muscle. I do not take them on a regular basis. All my past random drug test have been negative.
I was just wondering if anyone knew if NPs were disciplined by the board the same as RNs? I am assuming my employer is going to turn this over to the BON!
Also, my employer as a policy that your 1st positive drug screen they will turn it over to the employee assistance program which will refer you to a treatment center, but they will not fire you & give you a job when treatment is completed! I have worked with nurses in the past who have gotten caught diverting & this is what happened to them. They were able to return to work as an RN just had narcotic restrictions like the ones discussed here.
I have not heard anyone discuss programs such as this and I am terrified they will fire me & turn me over to the BON. Reading some of you guys post, it seems as though it is very difficult to get a job after bring reported to the BON!
Thanks in advance of any insight!