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- by Jcrb123 Jun 13Hello 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!
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- Jun 14 by MichelleRN34I was fired after one failed drug test and reported directly to the BON and fired. I was offered a recovery program but was never an addict. I did however make some poor choices that messed up my life pretty bad. I couldn't go through inpatient rehab nor did I need to. I took the option of surrendering my license for one year.. I went through a six month long process to go in front of the BON where the reinstated my license under probationary terms. If you can keep your job and go through a program and it's right for you I would. It really depends on your situation. As far as the BON ruling over NP concerns I have no idea. Good luck and we are here to listen and talk.
- Jun 14 by Jcrb123Thanks for your reply! What did you do for the year and half you didn't have a licisence? What were the terms of your probation and how long did it last? I am not an addict either, so I'm not sure a recovery program is best for me either!
- Jun 14 by MichelleRN34Quote from Jcrb123My probation is done after I turn in 4 three month evals from my Don and pass all UDS during that time...during the year I lost everything.....thank god for my family who helped me outThanks for your reply! What did you do for the year and half you didn't have a licisence? What were the terms of your probation and how long did it last? I am not an addict either, so I'm not sure a recovery program is best for me either!