I need some advice!! 5 years ago when I worked as a CNA, I hurt my back and since then have used Vicodin for chronic pain relief. A year ago I decided to pursue nursing regardless of this, because that's where my heart is, and I graduate next month as an LPN. My question is...in the interview, do I straight-out tell the interviewer that I take a small amount of Vicodin for chronic pain and my doctor has given me verbal clearance? Do I need to get something in writing from my doctor saying this does not impair me? I live in Michigan and I was looking around the BON site but couldn't find any info about nurses using narcs. Is it unrealistic for me to pursue a job on a med/surg floor or am I stuck with office work r/t narc use?? Any info, websites, advice, ANYTHING would be so much appreciated. My life as a nurse is just about to start but now I'm worried that I won't be able to achieve what I've always wanted...there's nothing I want more in life than to be a successful nurse. I'm considering talking to my Dr about d/c my meds to see how I do without them, because there's such a stigma associated with narc use. Especially in the small town I live in.
Thank you for any help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!