I am very new to the board here, and am very thankful for this section of allnurses.com. I have read a lot of really good information, and supportive information.
My background is primarily in ER - worked there for over 2 years until December '08. I was busted for diverting a certain medication on multiple occasions over the past year discovered by a computer audit during an investigation of one of my friends at work (who was caught shooting up in the restroom).
I admitted to taking the medication, however, never while at work and all for my own usage. As many of you I have undergone more shame and guilt than anyone should ever have to go through. I mean, there are nurses out there who have tried or successfully killed themselves over these kinds of situations, and I can understand why if you are not a mentally stable person to begin with - so obviously it's a heckova shameful thing!
Anyway, I was advised by the nursing compliance officer to voluntarily surrender my license, and so I did so. I have also been attending NA meetings from 5-6 times per week since that 2nd week in december, and have found more spiritual and personal growth as a result. So really, this has all worked out for the betterment of my life in the long run, I think.
However, I have a few unanswered questions about my future, that I thought I would post to this board.
1. Typically, how long does it take for a hospital to press charges on you?
I have not heard anything from the hospital, county prosecutor, or anyone else for that matter regarding this - and it happened the 2nd week in December.
2. How long does it take to have your application processed for the Alternative Program (chemical dependency) through the board of nursing?
3. Is there a possibility for not getting admitted into this program?
My offense was diversion (straight up stealing for my own use) of medications (non-narcotic), however schedule 3, did not use while on the job, did not charge patients inappropriately for drugs diverted, never stole from patients.
4. From a legal standpoint, is it probable that I get a felony charge, or is there possibility of a reduction in charge, such as being granted an 'intervention in leiu of conviction'?
I'm sure not everyone can answer these questions, however, I'm just worried about them, and looking to see if anyone can give me any ballpark figures. These questions are always followed by the Serenity Prayer to help me out, and get through!! However, I'm just looking for someone who has 'been there, done that'.