Have I finally adjusted emotionally to being stigmatized?

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by catmom1 catmom1, BSN, RN Member

Specializes in LTC, Psych, Med/Surg.

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Jhope41831

Jhope41831, BSN, RN

Has 16 years experience. 16 Posts

On 7/10/2019 at 1:53 PM, rn1965 said:

Yes, I get it. I will have a permanent black mark, as well. And I know the HR people are likely just following some protocol sent down from the "powers that be".

Probably working off a check list and when they get to that part, the box says, "nope, pick someone else!".

But, I am glad you responded!

Are you in an assistance program in your state? Should t it protect your license so there aren’t any black marks or disciplinary action if you complete program successfully? In PA ours sounds kind of like ARD for nursing licenses but I’m not sure if the program helps nurses.

OhioFNP

OhioFNP

Has 13 years experience. 12 Posts

I wish I were in a recovery program. Looking bad I wish I had applied. I got a lawyer, took my 2 year suspension, and looking forward to reinstatement in March 2020. It’s hard to get excited because I know it will be hard to find a job. Even when I ask nurses on here they don’t want to say where they are or types of jobs they now have. It’s hard to not feel alone. I can’t even find any nursing groups for recovery or for medical professionals.

catsmeow1972, BSN, RN

Specializes in OR. Has 15 years experience. 1,306 Posts

Well the ‘black mark’ is still there. I finished that nightmare of a so-called ‘program’ back last year. About 6 months prior to the end, I landed the job I currently have (and will be keeping thank you very much) This organization sees my state’s program for what it really is....a gigantic extortion scheme that does little for most and puts a lot of $$$ in the pockets of the few. They gave me an opportunity and I have run with it. I’m in a much healthier place now.

Sadly, I think many of them (meaning the people that run these programs) have ‘drunk the kool aid’ if you will when it comes to 12 step stuff being the end-all-be-all fix for all woes, addiction or not.
As for participating in the program keeping disciplinary action private, not always. The programs use the threat of ‘closing your file and sending it to the board” to force people to bend to their commands. The same rules do not seem to apply to all and I got the impression that they mostly flew by the seat of their pants, making up new ‘policy’ as they went along. Also, in spite of there being a line in legislation about how self reporting can keep this confidential, that decision is made by an attorney in the DOH who doesn’t give two hoots about the damage it does or why. You are nothing but a case number in a file folder.

catmom1, BSN, RN

Specializes in LTC, Psych, Med/Surg. 347 Posts

9 hours ago, OhioFNP said:

Hi Catmom,

... Where are you located at in Ohio? I’m north of Dayton.
Sheena

Hi OhioFNP,

I live in Nebraska where any transgressions related to addiction leave the nurse with a permanent black mark.

My career was destroyed by this consequence. I wish you the best in your journey.

rn1965

rn1965, ADN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Women's Health, LTC. Has 26 years experience. 509 Posts

On 1/11/2020 at 2:53 PM, Jhope41831 said:

Are you in an assistance program in your state? Should t it protect your license so there aren’t any black marks or disciplinary action if you complete program successfully? In PA ours sounds kind of like ARD for nursing licenses but I’m not sure if the program helps nurses.

I originally was, but could not admit to myself or others that I was an alcoholic, so my license was revoked for non-compliance.

Since then, I have applied in a different state and I am enrolling in their monitoring program. It will be forever public because of my revoked license in another state.

I am okay with that, I deserved it for not following through when I had the chance. I am grateful I will once again be allowed to practice as a nurse and I will take what I can get, in terms of work.

blackpear1981-MSN

blackpear1981-MSN

Specializes in Family Medicine. Has 19 years experience. 34 Posts

On 1/11/2020 at 1:10 PM, OhioFNP said:

Hi Catmom,

I’m a nurse practitioner due to be reinstated in March and my 3 years of probation starts when I find employment. I’m definitely going to try to seek employment in addiction due to less stigma. Where are you located at in Ohio? I’m north of Dayton.
Sheena

Did you ever find employment as a NP?