I am a straight A student and mother of a 3 year old little girl, who is my reason for wanting to become a nurse.
I'm almost done with my prereq's for my Associate's program, but now I'm thinking I may have issues being accepted/getting my license... This is why....
At the end of November of last year (2012) I went to detox for heroin. I used for a month... my grandmother had just died and I had a "friend" who constantly pushed me to do it, I was also very depressed at the time. I went to detox for 4 days and have been doing great ever since with the support of my family, psychiatrist, and therapist. I am currently on suboxone but I want to stop taking it. I get drug tested every month with my therapist, so there's a way to prove my sobriety.
Some people tell me to keep my mouth shut, but I am afraid. What do I do? I don't want a stupid mistake I made ruin my life. All I want to do is be a nurse, take care of babies in the NICU or work at a Children's hospital. I would NEVER do anything to risk that. I had no idea getting treatment would cause future problems.
Someone please help me!
May 24, '13
I am planning on coming off suboxone soon.. I am down to 2mg a day. I have been clean since detox and am not worried about slipping. I am confident in myself that I will stay clean. I was only on it for a month.
I'm not worried about UAs or anything... I'm just worried about my medical history being looked into. I don't want to be judged on a stupid mistake I made... becoming a nurse and making my daughter proud and giving her the life she deserves is too important to me.
Last edit by jeshicuhx3 on May 24, '13
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May 26, '13
I'm not over confident? I know myself, and I have faith in God. I don't drink alcohol, I don't like it.
Over confident would actually be good for me, considering in the past I have doubted myself many times..
I'm happier than I have been in a while, so no, I'm not worried. If you knew me, you would know.
So basically my last question is... so the BON doesn't look into your medical history unless they have a reason? If so, I can relax because I will never, ever give them a reason to doubt my sobriety or competency.
Thank you all for your advice!
Last edit by jeshicuhx3 on May 26, '13
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Jul 4, '13
go to a walk in for your physical? suboxone has to be tested for and doesnt show up as an opiate.. i know for 100% they must test for it in the screen which usually doesn't ..it may not sure. u medical records are confidential and if you dont consent for them for them being disclosed then u will be just fine..from personal experience i wouldnt totally get off the subs..nursing school is very stressful..which can be a trigger.. good luck to you
Last edit by LPNSWEETHEART on Jul 4, '13
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Like advice from lawyers-only answer questions legally asked as on an employment form etc, not just shooting the **** with an instructor or another nurse/student. And why would you tell them anyway?! That info will,WITHOUT A DOUBT, be used against you. The majority of nurses are extremely judgmental and lack all compassion when one of their own is human(like being an alcoholic/addict). And as they say "a nurse's worst enemy is another nurse". Sad but true.Need to know basis and really think it over before you share the ugly. As addicts, a friend rn and I like to laugh and say "we walk amongst you". We"ve both been clean for over 12 years. You can get back to good. Best wishes.
Last edit by Esme12 on Nov 4, '13
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