Quote from CASbeezgirlRN
So... say your suspicions are true... Please go to your manager first. She will know what to do. In most states ther are programs designed to assist nurses with substance abuse/alcohol problems. Whatever you do, please do NOT report this to your state's BON. If this is needed, your manager/facility will do this. The manager/facility should be well informed about how to handle theses situations. So by notifying them, you can rest easy and feel that you have done your part in keeping patients safe.Beez
I agree with going to your NM first, but believe me, not every facility reports to the BON. I worked with an RN at my LTC that was given the option of resigning from her last job instead of having it reported to the BON. This same nurse diverted drugs from her pt's at my facility, including my Mom, who was a pt there. I caught her literally slumped over her med cart, stoned out of her mind, knees locked to keep her upright, drooling so much there was a puddle on top of the cart, and reported it immediately to the DON, who came in, sent this nurse home, and again, gave her the option of resigning. I REPORTED HER to the BON when I found out that it wasn't going to be done by my facility.
I did that for several reasons. One, I was PO'd that my mother, who was on hospice in end-stage vulvar ca, wasn't getting pain control, and two, if someone didn't step in, this nurse would have just gotten another job, and continued, possible hurting a pt or herself in the process. I was also SURE she was using, and didn't just go on a hunch. Had I had any doubts, I wouldn't have reported it.
I've had the pleasure to work with some recovering nurses, and would rather work with a good recovering nurse any day than have a nurse that was only there for the paycheck. Also, my heart goes out to those recovering nurses. They constantly have to prove themselves, and are often the first to be blamed for anything, med related or not. God bless any recovering nurse that chooses to stay in the field, theirs is a constant battle I can not even imagine!