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Is there hope of a successful career after surrendering your nursing license?

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by Laura252227 Laura252227 (New) New Nurse

Laura252227 specializes in Oncology/Warfarin/Chronic Disease.

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Hi everyone,

I was a nurse for 7 years, working in oncology, warfarin management, and chronic disease management. After my daughter was born, I had back issues which led to my doctor prescribing insane amounts of narcotics. I obviously got hooked and eventually my addiction caught up with me. To make a long story short, I was at risk of suspension/revocation for suspected diversion, and I willingly took part in my state’s monitoring program because I was an addict. I participated for a few months,but with the loss of my job, paying for urine screens and psych visits wasn’t feasible. I decided surrendering my license was best and I have no intention of trying to get my license back. I have been a stay at home mom since 2012, and it looks like I’m going to need to find a new career for financial and health insurance reasons. While I understand I’ll never be able to get a job that requires a license, I’m just hoping to hear from other former nurses who were able to pick up the pieces and start over again. For those who didn’t try to get their license back, which field did you go into? Did you go back to school? How difficult did you find it to explain to your potential employers why you’re no longer a nurse (assuming your disciplined license didn’t pop up on a background check)? I’m considering re-enrolling in a 2 year paralegal program, but I want to make sure I don’t just tack on a bunch of debt towards another career I’ll never be able to find work in. Thanks! 

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77Mercy is a ADN, ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Public health, recovery.

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I think a paralegal job would be very nice. In fact I think I would probably enjoy that more than nursing. Paralegals make good money and I am sure that it can be a very interesting job. If you work while going to school and apply with fafsa you may not need a lot of student loans. Also if you are part of the SEIU union you can take paralegal classes for free. I am a PCA and member of the union and I know that paralegal is one of the online courses available for the free college program.

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Laura252227 specializes in Oncology/Warfarin/Chronic Disease.

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Thank you for your reply, 77Mercy! I guess I’m just a little gun shy about putting myself back out there. It’s been 7 years since I’ve worked for someone besides myself, so I’m struggling to find my confidence. My addiction stole a lot  more than just my career, so I’m hoping this new adventure gives me a sense of purpose and I feel confident enough to address my past with dignity and honesty. Thanks again and I wish you well! 

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I've never had a license revoked, but I thought perhaps being an EHS (Environmental, Health and Safety) Technician might work for you?  Some companies are willing to train the right person and with your health background, it could be a definite plus.   If you find a good company, you can work your way up the ladder into management and they make good $$$.  Just an idea.

I suppose if they ask why you left nursing, you can always just state you decided to be a stay at home mom?

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YES 

 

I do know this happens.  I was revoked for 8 years due to severe bipolar and not having medication that was badly needed.

 

i was able to reinstate and return however I think of the whole picture. 
becoming a healthcare provider and sustaining people’s lives and keeping some alive then being revoked with no other options to survive then a regular job should be illegal

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On 10/17/2019 at 8:56 PM, Laura252227 said:

"I’m hoping this new adventure gives me a sense of purpose and I feel confident enough to address my past with dignity and honesty"

I haven't had a problem with a BON or discipline on my license, but just today I had an opportunity to do what you wrote: face my past with dignity and honesty.

A couple of years ago I was fired from a travel assignment due to a missed medication I should have given in the ER. Today that same hospital called me and, during the phone interview, offered my an assignment. The manager asked if I had any other questions, and I asked whether my profile showed that I had worked at his facility in the past; he dug back and found it. Evidently my profile was really clean and didn't show that I'd been fired. So I brought it up and told him a cliff-notes version of the event...and waited for him to have to check on something or whatever and the job to go away.

His response was, "Well after hearing that, I don't have any reservations about hiring you. Everyone has skeletons in their closet. Still want to come work with us? I'll send the offer to your travel company."

Face your past with confidence, honesty, and dignity. Sometimes it won't work like you hoped it would, but a lot of times it likely will--and regardless you will maintain your confidence, honesty, and dignity.

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Hello

i don’t really know your circumstances with needing a doctor. In my state the psychiatrist is provided for by the state... I gave up during my revoke and walked away and returned home to family that helped me see the doctor. I don’t know about learning another career other then a jd degree. I searched for information with the online jurisdiction doctor program in California while also the California law board has a peer program you can attend while enrolled.... I don’t know your education level however one of the only requires an associate in art degree however does not accept one in applied science.

if I were capable I would work at a regular part time job and go to school for the jd if there is no other option. 
the law board cal allows you to enroll in the program out of state if possible and the school is only pay as it goes.   If the nursing is not something you can access that’s my only thought other then working full time regular jobs and gaining insurance to access doctors.

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77Mercy is a ADN, ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Public health, recovery.

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You need to see yourself the way that I see you. You worked as an oncology nurse and  in disease management. You must have been very smart and very caring to work in such challenging fields. You then worked as a stay at home mom, that proves you are caring and have good priorities. You may have had some issues with substances but you faced them and have now been clean for many years. You have life experience. You have learned many things through your life experiences. You are most likely more empathetic and less judgmental of others due to your experiences. I have a feeling that you are a great mom. You have learned what is truly important in life. Everyone is this world has something that they are not proud of. Some people are addicted to food or money. Some people are people pleasers. Some people are greedy. Some people are hypocrites or are faking everything about themselves. None of us are perfect. You have nothing to be ashamed of. You have nothing to hide. You are just as worthy of a career as anyone else. You go for what ever you want to do and be proud of who you are! I think you are great! 
 

oh yeah (lol) remember to say NO to Drugs! (Lol) 
I am sorry but We all have to have some sense of humor.

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77Mercy is a ADN, ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Public health, recovery.

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I am sorry I needed to delete this comment as I put it in the wrong area. 

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