So I read some threads and something disturbed me a little bit. Many people seem to work places where they cannot be on pain medication while at work. I have a chronic painful condition which has me on NSAIDS perpetually. However, it does "go acute" from time to time and I need to bring in the heavy guns (some narcotic type pain killer). Separately, I have "rescue treatment" agreed with my doc for migraines (again very rare but requires promethazine w/ narcotic) to prevent me having to go to ER for shots in the bum. In total I might have to take a proper pain killer 3-4 times a year.
So my question is...is it fairly standard for nurses to not be permitted narcotic pain medication while on duty?
Don't get me wrong, I am not stupid and understand the effects a narcotic can have and the dangers, potentially, to a patient. I just need a bit more info from people in the "real" nursing world.