This situation is most unfortunate! I have been a nurse
for over 15 years, and the pride and dignity that we have when we become nurses does not have to go out the window when our insufficiencies are exposed.
I worked as a med/surg director once, and the experience was Grande! I hired many nurses that were on probation, in the RNP, etc., and their past histories never phased me! We (nurse candidate and I) agreed to look towards the future and begin a prosperous sober future together! I provided counseling, encouragement, and even personal 1:1's with all of my nursing staff, and actually, these were the BEST nurses I've ever worked with! I NEVER judged anyone's past, because I am a firm believer that EVERYONE has "issues" some of us just know how to conceal them better than others, and some of us NEVER get caught!
Just recently, I incurred a board consent order for failing a pre-employment drug screen (tested (+) for THC)
. I did not expect to be on this side of the table, but it is what it is! At first, I was embarrassed, ashamed, and felt guilty that I had let those who looked up to me down, but I can assure you that I am going to be better and not bitter from this situation! Again, keep in mind, WE ALL HAVE A PAST!!! And, those who are quick to judge perhaps are doing the most wrong
! They know who they are, but they rule with such iron fists only to protect, cover up, and hide their own mistakes!
In this case, I will toot my own horn and humbly say, that I wish there were MORE compassionate, understanding, and caring people (nurses) like me that would give us a second chance without be condescending and judgmental. We as nurses proclaim that we will always "care" for others, but should that exclude our own? NOT!!!
Nurses do eat their own...and I believe that!!! LORD help us all!
T.O.T. He who is without sin, cast the first stone!