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by CantEscape CantEscape (New) New Nurse

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Anyone have experience with using Affinity for their drug monitoring program? My consent order has me doing 2 urines and 1 peth test every month and so far this month I’ve had 3 urines and a peth. Maybe making up for a urine for the month of April bc of Covid since I only got pulled once which was for a urine and my peth? Just spending a TON of money right now on testing. 4/29 $200 for peth and urine, 5/1 $50 for urine, 5/6 $50 for urine, 5/13 $200 for peth and urine and $50 for monthly monitoring fee. It’s adding up quickly!! Both tests from 5/13 now say “Test Suspended” and “No Result”. All of the others obviously resulted (and all negative) but I’m just wondering wth is going on?!?! I’m not made of money and if I get tested again this month it should be on the house!! Or if that “Test Suspended” is a mess up I better not be charged for it. I’ve never seen that before!! #frustrated #venting #lookingforguidance

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Tracy653 has 20 years experience.

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I’m with you here! When I asked about options for assistance with the program I was asked “would u like to talk to someone about surrendering license”. I’m OK to pass all and every test that they want to give me but financially unable! I have only failed one drug test in my whole 20 yrs of nursing! Passed all from affinity and now they say well just give up and surrender? I’m really confused. I assumed this program would not b a problem as I very seldom have a problem passing a drug test but apparently no one cares about your past only your most recent issue. Well I’m kinda starting to get just slightly pissed here and wondering if this program is just here to torment anyone who makes a mistake in life? And how in the hell is being tagged and addict for every job u go to supposed to help? Is there any addicts out there this program helped? I’m pretty sure most ended up worse off from stress and worry that was caused here. I about to the point now if advising any drug addict to become a criminal. It appears they have many more rights and way more assistance with finance than nurses. 

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On 5/15/2020 at 7:47 PM, CantEscape said:

Anyone have experience with using Affinity for their drug monitoring program? My consent order has me doing 2 urines and 1 peth test every month and so far this month I’ve had 3 urines and a peth. Maybe making up for a urine for the month of April bc of Covid since I only got pulled once which was for a urine and my peth? Just spending a TON of money right now on testing. 4/29 $200 for peth and urine, 5/1 $50 for urine, 5/6 $50 for urine, 5/13 $200 for peth and urine and $50 for monthly monitoring fee. It’s adding up quickly!! Both tests from 5/13 now say “Test Suspended” and “No Result”. All of the others obviously resulted (and all negative) but I’m just wondering wth is going on?!?! I’m not made of money and if I get tested again this month it should be on the house!! Or if that “Test Suspended” is a mess up I better not be charged for it. I’ve never seen that before!! #frustrated #venting #lookingforguidance

Whenever myself or any of my friends in monitoring have gotten a ‘test suspended’ or ‘no result’ it was either a lab error or a logistics error and our money has been refunded to our account.  We did have to test again eventually but didn’t have to pay twice.  One of my friends had the lab mess up her hair sample and she had to get snipped TWICE in a week. 😡

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by WAM New Nurse

WAM has 27 years experience and specializes in Cardiac Cath Lab.

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Where do you even get that kind of money if you can’t work as a Nurse? I’m about to sign an agreement and really don’t know if I can even afford this for the next 3-5 years. 
I make $13 per hour right now. 
I also wanted to hire a lawyer but if I can’t pay for drug tests how do I do that. 
Any suggestions?

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I’m not sure about your program or your personal circumstances, but I was cleared to go back to work as a nurse as soon as I signed my contract, just with a 6 month narc restriction, as were most people I know.  But our licenses were never suspended, we just agreed not to practice until TNPap said we could.  I didn’t work for ten months, but technically I could have gone back after two. 

But the programs that won’t let you use your license seem like they’re setting people up for failure.  They have to know most people can’t afford them.  It’s really discouraging. 
 

 

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