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.
Nov 1, '09
I've never heard a rule about not going to work on a pain med. However, if it impairs you - and you know if it does - you should obviously stay home.
Nov 2, '09
I also need to take stong pain medication due to a trauma injury. When I finaly get strong enough to try to go back to work I will have to deal with that issue. I also have migraines. Check with your doctor to see if a medication called "Maxalt" may be suitable for you. I had tried several other migraine medications untill my doctor prescribed it. It isn't a "knock you out for the duration" type of med, but you still have to be able to lie down for awhile. It doesn't make me "groggy" or "drunk". I don't know if it would help you. Check with your pain doctor.
Nov 2, '09
We can't provide medical advice. We also can't say what your board of nursing would say.
Please check with them.
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