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skinnedknee has 4 years experience and specializes in Cardiology, ICU.

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I have 15 months sober! Yay! But oh my, has it been a tough road! I have had 48 interviews and sent out 1,434 (but who's counting right???) resumes. The interviews go very well until I tell them about HPRP (michigan's health care recovery program.) Some can't work within my narc restriction and others just turn their nose up at me at the very mention of HPRP. I just can't win!!! Anyone else having trouble too?

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That would be a hard nut to crack. Once there is anything on that license, no matter how minor, the chances of getting hired is zero. (Learnt that today).

But there are exception.

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skinnedknee has 4 years experience and specializes in Cardiology, ICU.

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See, the other nurses with restrictions, the ones in my group therapy, have jobs. In Michigan, we only have a narc restriction that lasts 6 months.

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Wondering if you need to disclose during the interview process- my contract was worded so one must share with an employer, not potential employer. I feel as though you might be disclosing confidential health information before it is needed to be shared. It seems like once an offer of employment is extended then you would disclose your participation (And be protected by the ADA).

I would ask a lawyer or your agreement monitor about this process in your state.

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skinnedknee has 4 years experience and specializes in Cardiology, ICU.

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1sttime, I struggled with that at the beginning of my program, whether to tell them at the interview or not. The reason I do now is because I've had so many potential employers tell me this: I wish you would've said something at the interview because we just can't work within a narc restriction, it's again policy. Or something to that effect. And typically it's not HPRP itself, but rather the narc restriction. I've had many potential employers tell me to call them once my narc restriction is lifted.

The good news is that I just received a call yesterday for an interview with a place that is known to work with HPRP and their restrictions! So fingers crossed!

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Yeah, been applying for almost 2 years with little luck. As soon as HPRP is mentioned in interview, I can practically feel the door slam in my face. Dialysis and a few other HPRP friendly places are not so friendly lately either.

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KaseyJo has 11 years experience and specializes in ICU/Critical Care.

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Congratulations on your sobriety. That is something to be very proud of :) Please, please, please do not give up. Do not listen to people who say it is not possible. It IS possible and I know that you will find something. Maybe it would be helpful to start searching in an area that you wouldn't normally look. There are many "behind the scenes" nursing positions that may be of interest to you that can get your foot in the door. Once you're connected to an organization and they are able to witness your work ethic and strong desire to better yourself, I feel that it would be much easier to transition to a position that may be more enjoyable to you. I'm no expert, but I know that this is possible. Keep your head up. I am in a very similar position and would be more than happy to talk with you more. Best of luck!

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I applied over a 18 mo period to more jobs than I could count and had interviews almost weekly, but finally found a job ,I hate to say this but look online at NH reviews the ones with bad reviews are the ones likely to hire probably at a low salary but a job and a way to work off restrictions

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Larry3373 has 2 years experience and specializes in Critical Care; Recovery.

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I know a nurse that was hired, but he didn't have restrictions on his license, just past discipline involving drugs and alcohol. I'm sure you will eventually get something. Just have to convince someone that this is in the past. Have you tried applying to jails or prisons. I could be wrong, but perhaps they don't have to handle narcotics. Then maybe you can use that as a stepping stone to another nursing job.

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skinnedknee has 4 years experience and specializes in Cardiology, ICU.

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Thanks everyone! I have tried everything from physician's offices to dialysis to jails. I do have hope. I'm a pretty determined person. I did have an interview on Monday at a psych hospital who gladly accepts participants from my program. So I am keeping my fingers crossed! On the day I posted the OP, I was just so frustrated. But I will keep on truckin!!!

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Oh yay! I'll send you some good thoughts! Psych is one of my favorite favorite areas. Fingers crossed!

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