RN's w/chronic pain, using narcotics - page 2

by SRbear

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I am currently, and have been, for 3 years, taking oxycontin for chronic pain. My question is, Is is legal for a nurse to work while taking pain meds? I am unable to work, or hardly move unless I get some relief from the pain. ... Read More


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    FMLA--family, medical leave act.
    http://www.dol.gov/esa/whd/fmla/

    ADA--Americans with disabilities act
    http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/qandaeng.htm


    also check your state board of registered nursing for policies on competent performance, nurses with medical condtions, etc.

    good luck and take care
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    I think that FEMLA is supposed to be FMLA - family medical leave act and ADA is the Americans with disabilities act. Good luck. I know there is someone out there that will hire you.
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    Quote from SRbear
    I am currently, and have been, for 3 years, taking oxycontin for chronic pain. My question is, Is is legal for a nurse to work while taking pain meds? I am unable to work, or hardly move unless I get some relief from the pain. A nurse friend told me it is against the nurse practice act for a nurse to care for patients while under the influence of narcotics. Looks like I will have to stop working if this is the case. I have been a nurse for 27 years...what else could I do? What else would I want to do? answer to that last question is easy..I don't want to do anything else. Thanks for your time, and any help or suggestions.
    I am in the same boat. I am on Duragesic 50mcg and Neurotin and Zanaflex for post back surgery pain. I had the surgery in January, but the pain persists. I have been told by my DON that if I have to take the medication I cannot work. No one out there is going to pay my bills for me, so I keep quiet! Isn't that sad?
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    I am sorry to hear about your back cubby. I kept quiet about the narcotic I had to take, and worked for 3 years as a charge nurse on a large m/s floor, and did a good job. Some of my at work nurse friends knew I was taking a narcotic, somehow nurse manager found out. Who knows? Anyway, BON, is now saying I violated nurse practice act.. NO way I can think of to fight this, looks like that little piece of paper that says R.N. ... gonna go in the shredder. So keep it quiet, work to pay your bills, and heck, you can even pay some of mine !! The very best of luck to you, and wishes that your pain will decrease.
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    Did you have a prescription? I would fight this one.

    Quote from SRbear
    I am sorry to hear about your back cubby. I kept quiet about the narcotic I had to take, and worked for 3 years as a charge nurse on a large m/s floor, and did a good job. Some of my at work nurse friends knew I was taking a narcotic, somehow nurse manager found out. Who knows? Anyway, BON, is now saying I violated nurse practice act.. NO way I can think of to fight this, looks like that little piece of paper that says R.N. ... gonna go in the shredder. So keep it quiet, work to pay your bills, and heck, you can even pay some of mine !! The very best of luck to you, and wishes that your pain will decrease.
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    Quote from SRbear
    I am sorry to hear about your back cubby. I kept quiet about the narcotic I had to take, and worked for 3 years as a charge nurse on a large m/s floor, and did a good job. Some of my at work nurse friends knew I was taking a narcotic, somehow nurse manager found out. Who knows? Anyway, BON, is now saying I violated nurse practice act.. NO way I can think of to fight this, looks like that little piece of paper that says R.N. ... gonna go in the shredder. So keep it quiet, work to pay your bills, and heck, you can even pay some of mine !! The very best of luck to you, and wishes that your pain will decrease.
    Please do not sit back and let them take your license. Ask which specific portion of the NPA you violated. You are entitled to know the accusations that have been made against you. Do you homework, if you can't afford an attorney. Go to your library and go to WESTLAW to do the legal research. As the research librarian for help. Or go to the local college library and use their computers and librarian.

    Grannynurse
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    Quote from SRbear
    I am sorry to hear about your back cubby. I kept quiet about the narcotic I had to take, and worked for 3 years as a charge nurse on a large m/s floor, and did a good job. Some of my at work nurse friends knew I was taking a narcotic, somehow nurse manager found out. Who knows? Anyway, BON, is now saying I violated nurse practice act.. NO way I can think of to fight this, looks like that little piece of paper that says R.N. ... gonna go in the shredder. So keep it quiet, work to pay your bills, and heck, you can even pay some of mine !! The very best of luck to you, and wishes that your pain will decrease.
    As proven on this BB and and beyond, this is adverse advice. Anytime a nurse requires a narcotic/controlled substance and works at the same time, this must be declared.
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    Quote from doodlemom
    Did you have a prescription? I would fight this one.
    If an individual has a valid prescription for a controlled substance and does not declare this, it is in violation. There is nothing to fight.
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    Quote from siri
    If an individual has a valid prescription for a controlled substance and does not declare this, it is in violation. There is nothing to fight.
    Declare it to whom? The BON, one's employer?

    Grannynurse
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    Well....call it gone. When I started at the pain clinic (associated with the hospital, my doc was and still is head of anethesia there), and he started me on oxycontin, I asked him if I could work on it ,and he said yes. For 2 1/2 yrs, I ran into him around the hospital, he would ask me how I was doing. Granted I should have done the homework on the narcotic and working thing. But some anger is kicking in..did the doc not have just a little bit more responsibility in explaining things. He didn't seem to have a problem with me taking care of his patients.


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