Sep 7, '12
Quote from lesterbee
i just received a letter from the ohio board of nursing stating that my application was placed with the compliance unit (i graduate in a few weeks). i have a past history of bipolar disorder (dx 10 years ago- no current issues with it and/or tx). well, i suffered from post partum depression after the birth of my daughter, so i sought out psychiatric treatment in 2007. during the initial assessment, the psychiatrist asked if i had any past drug use. i said yes, that i used cocaine in 2005. he some how interpreted that into "cocaine dependence". also, since i used alcohol in the past a few times a week ( i was in college), he also assumed that i had an "alcohol dependence" problem. the board needed records from my doc because i had a dx of bipolar disorder within 10 years..the board sent me a letter stating that after i pass the boards, that my license will be placed on either temporary or permanent restrictions. i have not used drugs in over 5 years!!! nor did i have a "dependence" problem! i do not have a criminal record (not even a speeding ticket). i am devastated and i do not know what to do. i am terrified that i will not get a job now because of this. i am going to try and get a re-evaluation and get letters sent to the board from my internship preceptor, instructors, bosses...anyone that personally knows me. i don't mind doing random drug tests, but i do not want the stigma of a restricted nursing license. can anyone please help?? what do i do??
I too have been presented with a Consent Agreement. I have fought with tooth and nail from every angle I can think of-even the Board's Attorney said she was impressed with my research. That's dandy, but I still have this set of documents keeping me up a night. Has anyone had any luck trying to get lesser charges or anything? It all just seems so counter-productive to me! I mean, statistically speaking, crime levels decrease as education levels increase, but I can not pursue my RN in January as planned now. I'm mad bc I even called before applying to school to make sure I wouldn't have any problems and was told I wouldn't. Grrr... Well, good luck to all of you!!!!
Last edit by traumaRUs on Sep 7, '12
: Reason: profanity attempt