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- Feb 17, '12 by backtoworkI began my job as PRN..it only took a month for my boss to realize what kind of a nurse I was and take me on full time. I think a lot of employers want to see if nurses like us with stips are truly in recovery. Once they see we are working our program, they know we are some of the best nurses out there, many times BECAUSE of our recovery program. Before recovery, I was your typical cynical, b*tch about my job and everyone else, negative nurse we see all the time. Recovery has taught me to be grateful for each day, each opportunity, and to value both the good and the not so good in my life. Recovery has been a wake up call for me to live life to the fullest in my work and personal life. My boss sees this and values this in an employee. If there is a chance you can go to full time in your job, give it a whirl..if not, continue to be persistent in the hunt. The fine folks on this forum gave me the courage to keep on fighting to be a full time nurse again..and I want to give that courage to you.
- Feb 22, '12 by pop222Help!Is there someone who knows where I can find a job with w/w/stips?I feel horrible and I don't want to lose my career.Am not a bad nurse either.
- May 31, '12 by RenieRNHi traumaRUs, you said that you work in several Fresenius dialysis units and they are recovery-friendly? Should I apply in person then? I applied online but have not received even a call-back. From what I understand, getting past HR is one of our biggest hurdles. I would appreciate any advice you may have. Thank you.
- Jun 1, '12 by traumaRUsI'm an APN and work for a group of nephrologists. I work in several Fresenius dialysis units and know several of the nurses (actually they are the managers) who are in recovery. I would apply in person and perhaps thru your local support group, they could give you names of people to contact. As to getting past HR, agree with others that being vague (not lying or hiding the truth) but being vague, you can maybe slip by. I know in my area (central IL) there are several job openings.
- Jun 1, '12 by GitanoRNQuote from backtoworkfirst of all, i would like to congratulated you on your accomplishments for excelling in your program plus landing a job and 2nd. for giving hope to those who are or might be in your situation. without a doubt, they too can see the light at the end of the tunnel if they keep the faith. wishing you the best always....aloha~the fine folks on this forum gave me the courage to keep on fighting to be a full time nurse again..and i want to give that courage to you.
- Jul 14, '12 by babigrlWhen you interviewed at JPS did they specify that you weren't eligible for employment mainly because of the board order or were there other factors that came into play. I've recently interviewed at Cook Childrens and I was told that my order made me ineligible for employment. I would love to talk to you further but since I'm new to this site I can't PM. Can you please email me at email@example.com.
- Sep 8, '12 by abschickHi backtowork, your story is so inspiring. You told us there are always hope! I found your post from Google search as I was looking for places who would hire my friend. My friend has been a RN for 10 years. She has been looking for a job since last year under the board stipulation. She has not even got one call or reply. Do you mind send me an email and let me know where you are working at? My email is firstname.lastname@example.org I want to help her out so bad. She has 3 kids and her husband will be laid off soon. She really needs her job back. I appreciate your help and God bless!
- Sep 9, '12 by backtoworkSure,,I will be happy to e mail you.
- Sep 26, '12 by backtoworkI started this thread as a very frightened, very hopeless, and very angry nurse of 34 years tenure and many years of addiction. Thanks to a program, a higher power, and a lot of support from friends, family, and the fine people here, I am able to post this today.
Good things happen when recovery is maintained. I am living proof of that today. Today, I begin my new job with the same company that hired me, 9 months ago, under my stipulations. I have been promoted to Patient Care Liaison for the marketing department. Yes, I am still under stipulations from the BON until January 2013 (with the continued grace of God, I will be done then.) I was originally hired to work the night shift with supervision and only PRN with no benefits, no guarantee of hours, and no confidence that they would want to deal with my restrictions for very long. After nine months, I have been promoted to work 9-5, no weekends, and no holidays, at a good salary.
I do not post this to boast or brag. I post this to be a beacon to those who are beginning the process, or feel beat down by the process and have no idea who, if anyone, will ever hire them with a permanent BON public disclosure and practice restrictions. I read in this forum, over and over, the same struggle that I had finding work and being accepted back into the nursing field. I can hear the desperation in their hearts written between the lines.
I am here to say it can be done..it will be done..but not in our time frame and certainly not how we think it should happen. So, Please! Stay strong, stay clean, and stay focused. I am nothing special..I am not a super nurse, I am a garden variety recovering nurse addict. If it can happen for me, it can happen for you..both in the dark terrifying past of full addiction..to the bright sunny future of continued recovery.