texas nurse having hard time finding job being under tpapn

  1. I recently self reported myself to TPAPN and I have been in the program almost two months. I became addicted to Hydrocodone after a fracturing my leg. Having a hard time finding a job because many places dont want to employ a nurse that is in TPAPN. Anybody know of any places that are TPAPN friendly in the Dallas area?
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  3. by   bl lvn
    have you tried home health office work.? Im in TPAPN and I work in The QA dept for a home health Monday thru Friday 8-5.don't give up..
  4. by   rngaltx
    Try Baylor Healthcare System. Some of the departments there are TPAPN friendly. Also try Davita or Fresenius Dialysis centers.
  5. by   TXRN2
    dialysis works because the narc restriction isn't an issue because they don't give any- ever. there have been threads here about places to try that will work- considering your restrictions- you can do a search & find them. you want to think of places that can accomodate your restrictions without it being a great hardship. and places that are known to be difficult to staff- for whatever reason- may be more inclined to work with you, your program. don't give up- there are jobs out there!! best of luck to you!!
  6. by   bunni_rn
    Baylor Healthcare is no longer TPAPN friendly. I have my own horror story about self-reporting d/t addiction to vicodin, and I can relate many more from others in my nurse support group. Due to the hospitals trying to gain Magnet (maggot) status, they are turning their back on recovering nurses. I recently found out that I can try home health care, as well. Right now, the only hospital that is considering me is a 2hour drive from my home. I'm going to try Davita and Fresenius right now, thanks!
  7. by   RNwannbe
    I have read post after post of nurses on TPAPN because they smoke marijuana or they had an addiction. My case is different. I got a DWI 4 years ago and once I pass my licensing exam in one year I will be placed on TPAPN. I am not addicted to anything nor have I ever done any recreational drugs. I rarely even drink and I have probably had the total of a six pack in the last year. I don't think it's fair at all that I have to go through this but I understand that the BON is here to provide safety to the community. As if I"m a threat!!! Do I have any options? Does anyone know if the TPAPN restrictions are universal? Are they all 2 years or is it looked at on a case by case basis? Help!
  8. by   bl lvn
    if its board ordered ni modo once u sign the agreement your Pretty much TPAPN's property for 2 years.. In my case no dwi no police record.. just refused a drug test and resigned From my job... I wasn't clean to be honest .. but they still screwed me for 2 years... if u have money and if u think u have a strong case go before the board and see what they say? but since it's board ordered I don't know.. if u want to keep ur licensure do what it takes to show them that ur not an addict even though u might not even be one... I had to... been off that program for several months now..
  9. by   RNwannbe
    Well congrats for completing the program. Were you able to find work during the 6 months of not being able handle meds?
  10. by   bl lvn
    thank u, yes I was actually granted permission from my LCDC and my case manager to work 11-7 because there was a RN Supervisor on the floor giving my PRN/scheduled narcotics.. it's rare but they granted me permission .. then I didn't want to work night shift anymore so I applied at a home health doing office work/ quality assurance .. Monday thru Friday 8-5 no narcotics .. I would try that ..
  11. by   RNwannbe
    Yes I worked in Home Health Marketing and I've thought of that. The thing that mostly bothers me is that I am trying to get a couple years of experience in an acute care setting in order to apply to CRNA programs. This puts a damper on that goal for obvious reasons.

    What about something like cardiac rehab or any nurse rehab job for that matter.