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Has 13 years experience.

I just wanted to share my experience with the Kansas nurse recovery (knap) program. I’ve just completed the three year monitoring program and for any of you reading this who are in the program, I empathize. It’s a really challenging experience. My goal isn’t to offer ways to “cheat” the program but rather just to plainly state what my experience was. First if all, I have read a lot of comments on how people believe that knap is exploitive and just want to make money. I completely disagree. From my experience, the employees of knap have been nothing but helpful and supportive and even try to give you “hints” if there are changes coming. As far as drug testing, I was tested about 13 times/year. All were the standard drug panel with one etg for an abnormal (not quite considered dilute but creatinine was low enough that re-test was warranted) and another random etg because people were apparently getting away with drinking. That being said, just don’t drink. I can’t imagine the stress of that. Also, per your contract, you can be tested in other ways, randomly. Including peth or otherwise. That wasn’t my experience but then again, I was in the program for drugs, not alcohol. Long story short, just buckle in and make a routine. Three years seems so long but after it’s done, you’ll be so proud of yourself and you can put it all behind you

rn1965, ADN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Women's Health, LTC. Has 25 years experience.

Congratulations and thank you for sharing your experience. I am not in KS, but I think most of these programs are similar.

I have been sober for 15 years, so I feel good that I will never drink again. Also, I finally landed a job, so I am very happy about that. I know I can do this. I think we all can!

ab12345, BSN, RN

Specializes in CTICU, Quality, Education. Has 11 years experience.

You seem so positive. You aren't by chance taking on sponsees are you? 

I agree with some of this post. I was in the three year program as well. I felt as though the “new set” of leaders of it were way better than when I first started in the program. They did make a better effort to see you as a person and not just a case. Although I still feel like three years is extensive and it is extortion and put me on the brink of suicide at the beginning just because I felt like there was no light at the end of the tunnel. I pushed through and with flying colors. I am glad it is all behind me and can now move on but at one point didn’t think I made a good choice to be a nurse and was doubting my life. I paid wayyyy too much money for a failed pre employment drug screen. I wasn’t even working anywhere. I was unemployed seeking work and failed the drug screen. Oh well it’s all water under the bridge now. Thank you Jesus I am still here and I got my routine down and hammered through it. 

Nurse08052019

Has 13 years experience.

On 12/4/2020 at 2:48 PM, ab12345 said:

You seem so positive. You aren't by chance taking on sponsees are you? 

I’m sorry for the delayed response. No, I’m not currently taking sponsees as I have a newborn and don’t have the time for it. I am, however, happy to take questions and offer whatever advice I can. Feel free to email me at bethanydawn86@outlook.com. Best wishes

Nurse08052019

Has 13 years experience.

On 3/18/2021 at 8:53 PM, Short LPN said:

I agree with some of this post. I was in the three year program as well. I felt as though the “new set” of leaders of it were way better than when I first started in the program. They did make a better effort to see you as a person and not just a case. Although I still feel like three years is extensive and it is extortion and put me on the brink of suicide at the beginning just because I felt like there was no light at the end of the tunnel. I pushed through and with flying colors. I am glad it is all behind me and can now move on but at one point didn’t think I made a good choice to be a nurse and was doubting my life. I paid wayyyy too much money for a failed pre employment drug screen. I wasn’t even working anywhere. I was unemployed seeking work and failed the drug screen. Oh well it’s all water under the bridge now. Thank you Jesus I am still here and I got my routine down and hammered through it. 

I agree that at the beginning, it can be so overwhelming with all the requirements. I also agree that three years is too long. I suppose it’s their way of absolutely ensuring that a relapse will not happen. Nonetheless, I still agree that 3 years isn’t necessary and feels more like a punishment than treatment. But after all, I chose to make terrible decisions and I really can’t be upset about anything required of me in order to keep my license. I’ve been out of the program for over a year, have remained clean, and plan to never go back to that lifestyle. When all is said and done, I suppose that regardless of the methods, the program worked for me. For those of you in knap reading this post, hang in there. It’s SO hard, but it’s all worth it. For anyone with questions or in need of guidance, feel free to email me at bethanydawn86@outlook.com

Nurse08052019

Has 13 years experience.

7 hours ago, Nurse08052019 said:

I’m sorry for the delayed response. No, I’m not currently taking sponsees as I have a newborn and don’t have the time for it. I am, however, happy to take questions and offer whatever advice I can. 

 

7 hours ago, Nurse08052019 said:

I agree that at the beginning, it can be so overwhelming with all the requirements. I also agree that three years is too long. I suppose it’s their way of absolutely ensuring that a relapse will not happen. Nonetheless, I still agree that 3 years isn’t necessary and feels more like a punishment than treatment. But after all, I chose to make terrible decisions and I really can’t be upset about anything required of me in order to keep my license. I’ve been out of the program for over a year, have remained clean, and plan to never go back to that lifestyle. When all is said and done, I suppose that regardless of the methods, the program worked for me. For those of you in knap reading this post, hang in there. 

 

7 hours ago, Nurse08052019 said:

I agree that at the beginning, it can be so overwhelming with all the requirements. I also agree that three years is too long. I suppose it’s their way of absolutely ensuring that a relapse will not happen. Nonetheless, I still agree that 3 years isn’t necessary and feels more like a punishment than treatment. But after all, I chose to make terrible decisions and I really can’t be upset about anything required of me in order to keep my license. I’ve been out of the program for over a year, have remained clean, and plan to never go back to that lifestyle. When all is said and done, I suppose that regardless of the methods, the program worked for me. For those of you in knap reading this post, hang in there. It’s SO hard, but it’s all worth it.