The day I have been waiting for/dreading finally came. But I had no clue it was coming, no notification, and had no clue that the Board was meeting to review my case finally (it's been almost a year). Apparently they did meet regarding my case and I received the decision in the regular mail today.I have been granted a complete stay of disciplinary action, provided I complete the monitoring program. :) I've been in the monitoring program about a year now.I was told by the Board investigator (who was really quite unpleasant in general) and my case manager that I was likely to qualify for a stay of disciplineâ€. But I couldn't just trust their word; that would have been completely naive. I assumed I would have to go before the Board. I assumed I would have to participate in person or over the phone, but I guess my participation in the process was just complying with the program.So this monumental day came and left with zero fanfare, no preemptive anxiety, no conversation with the Board, no hearing, no notification that my case was up for review, nothing. It came in a stack of junk mail. I didn't even have to sign for it. I can't believe it's over. Just like that.Since the decision was in my favor, I guess I'm grateful that I didn't know, didn't have that anxiety to deal with, didn't have to wait on pins and needles...but if they had denied the stay, I would probably been very upset that I didn't get to participate. The letter said that the stay is not public, and when I complete the HPMP program, all evidence of the investigation will be gone. My license does not and will never have any public record, no reprimand, no nothing. There is nothing for anyone to ever see. After monitoring, no one but myself and whoever I tell will know.I'm just stunned. I was prepared for a showdown with the Board. From what I had read and had been told, I had no clue that the process would happen in private without me knowing.I'm exquisitely grateful. I would cry if I just wasn't so numb in general. It almost feels anti-climatic. It's like I didn't know I've been holding my breath for so long, and I finally exhaled. I still have about 4 years left to go on my contract, so my part of the work isn't done.Has anyone else had a stay of discipline happen this way? In VA, in order to qualify for a stay of discipline for substance abuse (it is not guaranteed just by enrolling in HPMP before a Board order), the investigator and HPMP program both told me that the nurse had to have convincing mitigating circumstancesâ€. They felt that my comorbid psychiatric disorder and it's relation to my substance abuse (seriously abusing and addicted to an antidepressant) would fit the mitigating circumstancesâ€ criteria. Apparently, they were both correct.As background info, I did NOT self report to the BON (my physician reported me). I did however sign up on my own for the state monitoring program without a Board order. I just went off of what the investigator suggested to me. My monitoring program contract addresses both my substance abuse and my mental illness.The investigator and CM also told me that my case would go before the Board for that decision could be made; I guess I just assumed that I would be called and need to be present. I assumed I would have been notified. I guess it just shows that you can never assume anything.If you were granted a stay of disciplinary action in your state, or are hoping to be granted one, how has the process worked for you?I just can't believe that I'm done with the BON (as long as I don't violate my contract). This feels surreal.