The other thing I always think of when I see the posts about how unfair and unreasonable the monitoring programs are -- it wasn't that long ago, in historical terms, that there was no such thing as the programs for impaired nurses. When I was in nursing school
in the early 1980s, it was an exciting, new concept, and not all states had them yet. Prior to that, if you had any problems with drugs, alcohol, or any other issues that impaired your practice, you lost your license, end of story, period, no way to get it back, career over. The monitoring programs are
an attempt to offer individuals an incentive for recovery and a pathway to continuing one's career, to balance compassion and understanding for the individual with protecting the public safety (which is, after all, the primary
role and mission of the BON; offering nurses a second chance is optional).