Recreational THC = now starting IPN! - page 7

Well...... hello new friends! As a "new" Registered Nurse of 2 1/2 years @ 43 years old, a part of my "previous life" did not fall away as completely as it should have. A phone call was made (... Read More

  1. Visit  foraneman} profile page
    3
    Quote from all_over_again
    Let's just be honest and put it out there: For most of us, no matter what we do, no matter how sober we are, no matter what hoops we jump through to prove our dedication to nursing and sobriety, our careers will never be the same again.

    My advice: You are intelligent enough to have become a nurse in the first place. You must have some sort of personal issues or you never would have succumbed to addiction. Find something where your intelligence and expertise will be appreciated and you won't be discriminated against for having been ill or pressured to the point of self-destruction.

    Screw nursing. If the people and the boards want perfect nurses who will work under oppressive conditions, let them find some. I'm not sure they'll ever get me back. That's right. They aren't doing me a favor by letting me practice. I would be doing them a favor by continuing to practice after all that I have been through.
    While there certainly is some harsh truth to what you say, let's also be fair. First, if one completes IPN there is no public record of the events and your license remains clear during and after. You need never mention the events again if you wish....not to an employer, the board, anyone.

    "You must have some sort of personal issues or you never would have succumbed to addiction." This statement is flawed for a number of reasons, but concentrating on its application to the current poster's situation, there is no indication he/she is addicted to anything.

    My simple advice: be honest and follow directions. There is no need to 'prepare' for your evaluation or what happens next. I guarantee that you are going to find a silver lining in all of this...something of great benefit or importance which would never have happened had you not had that positive drug screen. And believe me, I know how absurd that sounds right now....just tuck it away in the back of your brain and remember this when it happens.
    catmom1, Honest&Hopeful&Hurt, and TXRN2 like this.
  2. Get the hottest topics every week!

    Subscribe to our free Nursing Insights newsletter.

  3. Visit  catmom1} profile page
    0
    Quote from foraneman
    First, if one completes IPN there is no public record of the events and your license remains clear during and after. You need never mention the events again if you wish....not to an employer, the board, anyone.
    Oh, how I wish there were such an alternative to discipline program in my state! I will always have the "black mark" even if I have been C & S for 30 years.

    I hope someday to get back on my feet and see more of the benefits of this path for myself. As it is, I am having a very hard time finding work after completing 4 of my 5 years of probation. And- my probation is being extended since I haven't worked enough hours every quarter since I have been out of work.

    Since the economy tanked, employers in my area are much more picky regarding whom they hire for the few available openings, in my experience.

    Thanks for letting me vent.

    Catmom
  4. Visit  mckirob} profile page
    0
    This question will probably be censored along with all of my other ones. Does anyone know the price for IOP in Jax, FL? Thanks.
  5. Visit  NurseNeedsHelpPlease} profile page
    0
    Hi everyone, I am wondering how you made it into the IPN (with the evaluation and all) never having to do a UA or hair follicle test?? I am only curious bc it seems everyone else gets a hair follicle test (of course those are older posts I've read, so maybe the IPN changed the rules since then)... I am soon having an evaluation done and have been worried about the hair follicle test. I have not taken ANY of my medication (prescribed) in about 24 days, but had before then. Does anyone know if the hair follicle test is just for the past 30 days, or if they test for the longer periods of time like 60-90 days?? Again, it was all prescribed and I have not worked as a nurse in 2 years so its not like my job would be effected, lol. Just want to get the shortest contract possible with the IPN program. Any insight would really help!! Thanks!!!!
  6. Visit  TXRN2} profile page
    0
    Southern Point answered your question about hair follicle testing in another of your threads.
  7. Visit  SouthernPoint} profile page
    0
    Quote from NurseNeedsHelpPlease
    Hi everyone, I am wondering how you made it into the IPN (with the evaluation and all) never having to do a UA or hair follicle test?? I am only curious bc it seems everyone else gets a hair follicle test (of course those are older posts I've read, so maybe the IPN changed the rules since then)... I am soon having an evaluation done and have been worried about the hair follicle test. I have not taken ANY of my medication (prescribed) in about 24 days, but had before then. Does anyone know if the hair follicle test is just for the past 30 days, or if they test for the longer periods of time like 60-90 days?? Again, it was all prescribed and I have not worked as a nurse in 2 years so its not like my job would be effected, lol. Just want to get the shortest contract possible with the IPN program. Any insight would really help!! Thanks!!!!
    I have made a comment in one of the other threads you have asked in. But here it goes again.

    IPN doesn't just go off of a Drug Screen (whether it's a UDS or Hair test). They go off of what the evaluator reports to them and then the IPN team will sit down to have a weekly meet and go over your information. If you have been sent IPN's direction for drugs, then you are more than likely to get a 5 year contract. If it's for a DUI or Pot, it might be as little as 2 years. I have not seen anything besides a 2 or 5 year contract, not that they dont exist. Now when it comes to the contract, each one is different. As in each person can and will have different things they will need to do.

    Now you have already stated in a number of threads that you have not taken your prescribed medication for 24 days. Now if your medication is prescribed to be taken daily and you are not. IPN is going to see this as being non-compliant and that doesn't look good in their eyes.

    As for the way you have been asking about the hair test. It seems that you might have done something in the past 3 months that you are not ready to tell anyone about. If I am wrong, then I am sorry I have implied this, but having seen situations and this same question many times before it just throws red flags everywhere.

    You just need to be 100% honest with yourself, the evaluator and IPN. Don't lie to any of them or try to bend the truth as they will always find out in the end.

    Hope this helps.

    SP
    Last edit by SouthernPoint on Jan 16, '13 : Reason: adding text


Nursing Jobs in every specialty and state. Visit today and Create Job Alerts, Manage Your Resume, and Apply for Jobs.

Top