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- Sep 26, '12 by jmo1231Congratulations, Back to work! I wish you all the luck today in starting your new job! I do believe recovery makes us stronger and gives us the tools to move forward and deal with all these stipulations ! Yes, it can be done and you have come a long way! We both started this program I think around the same time. I, too am working again and have a 3 year program in PA. So , you will be gone before me! You are a great inspiration for anyone starting out in these BON programs and most importantly for those of us in Recovery! You give hope and lead by example that in staying clean and sober good things will happen but not in our time, on Gods time or whoever ones higher power chooses to be. I wish you good luck today and know you will be a success at your new job!
- Sep 26, '12 by TXRN2congratulations, backtowork!!! you are very much a mentor, & offer much hope to so many here!! i hope you love your new position!!
- Oct 5, '12 by hope1967Hello backtowork.
I have started to get so very discouraged I decide to log on here while waiting and praying for a call back from a interview I had yesterday. I read the above post's and now have my hope renewed. I have been an RN for 18 years and struggled with addition for several years. Because of the grace of God therapy group etc.. the wonderful people I have around me I have been clean for 26 months I did get my license reinstated with stipulations. I surrendered it over 2 years ago so I could get well. I have been searching for a job any job as a nurse here in Corpus Christi and the surrounding area. I tried being honest with one recurter about the board stipulations and heard it in her voice before the conversation was over I never got any calls on any of the several positions I applyed for. Next phone call I talk to recurter got one interview thought it went well told the manager about the board stipulations she said no porblem I got so excited and here I am 3 weeks later she has not even bother to call and let me know that I was not being cosidered for one of the 5 positions. I am so worried and scared, and ashamed. The one thing I love and am good at and now no one wants me. Thats how I have been feeling. I have interviewd at nursing homes no call backs as soon as I tell them you can see it on their faces. I don't know what to do There really isnt any where else in the surrounding 50 miles to apply :-( I know that that God will place me where he wants me its just so hard Thank you for the encourgement it helps
- Oct 6, '12 by backtoworkHello Hope1967. I feel your pain and I know you are in the dark place of despair and shame. I know that place well. I also know there are better days to come. This journey is a rough one, but there is a reward in weathering this storm.
The people who did not hire you did you a huge favor. They are not worthy of your gifts as a nurse. Keep thinking about finding those who are. They are out there..I promise. Do not be afraid to look more than 50 miles out. I know it is a crazy long way to drive with gas prices and all, but it expands your searching territory. Do a map search from your home in 10 mile increments out and apply for EVERYTHING as you expand..even jobs you know wont hire you. Remember, our diseased brains play tricks on us with our shame and embarrassment to keep us from finding opportunities. Keep searching and applying as you move through 10-20-30 etc mile radiuses and don't stop. We fear rejection, it is part of our illness. Embrace rejection as a learning opportunity, practice sessions, and character building. The more you get turned down, the better you become at knowing what not to say or what not to do the next time. Make finding a job your full time job for now and become an expert at it.
At the end of the day, stop and breath..and realize it is not a job, or being a nurse that defines us. It is just part of what we do and who we are. Hug yourself often and remember to laugh every chance you get. TXRN and JMO above have been there too and lots of others who are here to support you.
- Oct 6, '12 by jmo1231Back to work, well said . You have helped me so much in this continuing journey of recovery. I hope all others who are seeking advice are reading and listening to your posts! I hope all is going well for you in your new job!
- Oct 6, '12 by backtoworkThank JMO..So good to hear from you!!! We will keep the lanterns burning for those who are in that dark place. Hope things are going well for you. Would love to hear from you in a PM in you get a chance.
- Oct 6, '12 by hope1967Backtowork
Thank you so much very well said and I needed to hear that. I will persevere and I know that God will place me where I need to be. I am so glad I decided to log on here and just breath..... Have a blessed weekend.
- Oct 7, '12 by TXRN2@ hope 1967- you have gotten some excellent advice- i know this is indeed a difficult time- it will all fall in to place eventually- in God's time, not yours!! just one other bit of info- look at jobs "outside the box"- not necessarily mainframe nursing jobs. look at anything & everything- even if you think it might not work out- you just never know! best of luck, keep us posted!!
- Mar 16 by helpnurse81to backtowork
What inpatient hospice company do you work for in the DFW area if you don't mind me asking?