Hi I am Kat. Back in 2009 I voluntarily surrendered my license after going to rehab, and being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and ADHD in 2006. I also had a legal issue involving substance abuse.
11 years later, clean and sober the whole time and having the mental issues under control I applied for a hearing to get my license reinstated here in CA. After being on the waiting list for almost a year they finally put me on the schedule. The hearing was very intense however, I was able to convince the panel (12) that I was capable to return to nursing.. However with the decision and order were many conditions including retaking the boards, taking a nurse refresher coarse and then being under "probation" for 35 months. At 52 and after being on SSDI for the last 12 years I don't have the money for one, and for two I don't know if I want to be tied down to the boards "conditions" for at least 3 years. I was more thinking of working part time doing telephone nursing or something non stressful. But to get my license I have to work in the hospital for 3 years, been there, done that...Anybody else have this issue or any advise please?
What you should do depends on how badly you want to get back into nursing. I'm older than you but not by a whole lot, and I'm on SSDI for bipolar I; my three-year review has come up and naturally I'm wondering if I should look for work in the event that some doctor who doesn't know me well says I'm able to work. I'm not, but even if I were, I'd think really long and really hard before investing time and money resurrecting a career that didn't treat me especially well. I can't blame nursing for my illness, but it did exacerbate a condition that had been latent for a long time.
Personally, if I were in your Danskos I wouldn't do it. Especially now that you've been clean and sober for so many years, and the BON wants to drag you not only through a refresher course (at a high cost) but also a monitoring program which will serve mostly to humiliate you and cost even more money over those three years. The refresher is definitely necessary since you've been out so long, but the monitoring would be a deal-breaker for me. Just my $0.02 worth.
Reading your post, I would no longer give them the time of day. I would be content with knowing that the opening in the wall existed. It could not have been easy getting the disability, stick with it for your livelihood. Best wishes.