Can I Take Adderall as an RN?

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Hi there, new grad RN here. I recently got let go from my first nursing job after 8 weeks of orientation because I wasn't progressing enough. I was already very depressed and struggling each day at work. I was showing up but found myself completely overwhelmed. This week I had a Drs. appointment and was surprised to hear her diagnose me with ADD and prescribed a low dose of Adderall. To be honest the thought of taking it makes me nervous as I don't know how I feel about this new diagnosis, and I also have a lot of anxiety in general but if it will help I am willing to try I guess. I am wondering though about whether I'm allowed to take Adderall as an RN? Can a hospital refuse to employ me even if I have a prescription? I'll be looking for a new job, so I'm just wanting to be informed. Thanks in advance.❤️

Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 15years medical. Has 43 years experience. 1 Article; 9,483 Posts

I wouldn't think it would be a problem, SNgirl.

One of the nurses I worked with at Wrongway was dx the same as yours and they took Adderall.

This nurse was very intelligent, had a great sense of humor, was good at their job, and just required a bit of focusing for my tastes. 

Heck, this nurse was also a pretty darn good house supervisor for a time!

Good luck, SNgirl!

 

SNgirl21, BSN

Specializes in Med-Surg RN. Has 1 years experience. 55 Posts

2 minutes ago, Davey Do said:

I wouldn't think it would be a problem, SNgirl.

One of the nurses I worked with at Wrongway was dx the same as yours and they took Adderall.

This nurse was very intelligent, had a great sense of humor, was good at their job, and just required a bit of focusing for my tastes. 

Heck, this nurse was also a pretty darn good house supervisor for a time!

Good luck, SNgirl!

 

Thanks, I hope I can be a good nurse. I feel like getting let go really shattered what tiny shred of confidence I had left. I totally understand their decision though. I wasn't improving. I was totally overwhelmed.

Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 15years medical. Has 43 years experience. 1 Article; 9,483 Posts

40 minutes ago, SNgirl21 said:

I wasn't improving. I was totally overwhelmed.

Understandably so. With all those neurons firing, it would be difficult to not feel overwhelmed. I'm a little surprised you weren't dx earlier in your life, butcha never know...

I'm not as up on Adderall as I am with other psychotropics- and I'm relatively certain you understand this- it has a paradoxical effect on hyperactive types. Basically, it speeds up someone who is not hyperactive and slows down those who are.

Monitor yourself and have those close to you monitor your behavior also. It would also be advantageous to learn other methods to decrease the hyperactivity, racing thoughts, anxiety, feelings of being overwhelmed, and the like.

Relaxation and meditation, along with a healthy lifestyle, exercise, sleep, nutritious diet, etc. is important.

Again, good luck, SNgirl!

 

SNgirl21, BSN

Specializes in Med-Surg RN. Has 1 years experience. 55 Posts

2 minutes ago, Davey Do said:

Monitor yourself and have those close to you monitor your behavior also.

Thanks Davey Do for taking the time to respond. Unfortunately, I do live with my parents and sister, but my family is not the most accepting when it comes to mental health issues, so I don't really share these things with them, but I will definitely try to be as self-aware as possible and I have a follow-up in 3 weeks. Thanks again-I'll try not to bug you anymore

JBMmom, MSN, NP

Specializes in Long term care; med-surg; critical care. Has 10 years experience. 4 Articles; 1,941 Posts

1 hour ago, SNgirl21 said:

I feel like getting let go really shattered what tiny shred of confidence I had left.

Wishing you all the best as you go forward. One thing I would recommend is to not dwell too much on being let go. If it comes up in your interview an answer like, "the position wasn't a good fit during my orientation" is acceptable. I wouldn't share with new coworkers that you were let go from a previous position, you want them to have no preconceived notions or bias while you're adapting to a new position. 

You can definitely be successful as a nurse. Don't let one bad experience shake your confidence. You made it through nursing school and your board exam, you will become a competent nurse, there are many others that have similar diagnoses working successfully in the field. Take care of yourself!

Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 15years medical. Has 43 years experience. 1 Article; 9,483 Posts

12 hours ago, SNgirl21 said:

Thanks again-I'll try not to bug you anymore

This line reminds me of what some patients use to say to me, and I would typically reply, "It's not a bother, it's my job, and you're the reason I'm here".

I came to allnurses over a decade ago and it was because I wanted to share my knowledge and experiences with like-minded nurses.

So, you're not bugging me, SNgirl- the way I see it, we're at a party and just took a couple of spins ln the dance floor!

Excuse me now.

I need to pirouette off of the dance floor.

SNgirl21, BSN

Specializes in Med-Surg RN. Has 1 years experience. 55 Posts

1 hour ago, Davey Do said:

This line reminds me of what some patients use to say to me, and I would typically reply, "It's not a bother, it's my job, and you're the reason I'm here".

I came to allnurses over a decade ago and it was because I wanted to share my knowledge and experiences with like-minded nurses.

So, you're not bugging me, SNgirl- the way I see it, we're at a party and just took a couple of spins ln the dance floor!

Excuse me now.

I need to pirouette off of the dance floor.

😂Awe, thanks! I always say no problem & my badge says no problama, LOL

1 hour ago, Davey Do said:

This line reminds me of what some patients use to say to me, and I would typically reply, "It's not a bother, it's my job, and you're the reason I'm here".

I came to allnurses over a decade ago and it was because I wanted to share my knowledge and experiences with like-minded nurses.

So, you're not bugging me, SNgirl- the way I see it, we're at a party and just took a couple of spins ln the dance floor!

Excuse me now.

I need to pirouette off of the dance floor.

I was trying to attach a picture of the llama badge but I can't LOL. It is funny, you'll just have to imagine it

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Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 15years medical. Has 43 years experience. 1 Article; 9,483 Posts

34 minutes ago, SNgirl21 said:

I was trying to attach a picture of the llama badge but I can't LOL. It is funny, you'll just have to imagine it

 

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SNgirl21, BSN

Specializes in Med-Surg RN. Has 1 years experience. 55 Posts

1 hour ago, Davey Do said:

This line reminds me of what some patients use to say to me, and I would typically reply, "It's not a bother, it's my job, and you're the reason I'm here".

I came to allnurses over a decade ago and it was because I wanted to share my knowledge and experiences with like-minded nurses.

So, you're not bugging me, SNgirl- the way I see it, we're at a party and just took a couple of spins ln the dance floor!

Excuse me now.

I need to pirouette off of the dance floor.

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Found it haha

Davey Do

Specializes in around 25 years psych, 15years medical. Has 43 years experience. 1 Article; 9,483 Posts

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SNgirl21, BSN

Specializes in Med-Surg RN. Has 1 years experience. 55 Posts

5 minutes ago, Davey Do said:

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I like it. It's funny. One day all of my coworkers had cute Christmas badges but me. I had the llama one. Then one of my big bearded coworkers walked into report with a viking badge on. I said I like your Viking badge. Everyone looked at us like we were a couple of oddballs.😂

5 minutes ago, Davey Do said:

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I like it. It's funny. One day all of my coworkers had cute Christmas badges but me. I had the llama one. Then one of my big bearded coworkers walked into report with a viking badge on. I said I like your Viking badge. Everyone looked at us like we were a couple of oddballs.😂