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by OveritLPN OveritLPN (New) New

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So, I finished TNPAP last November. I only did 6 months d/t a failed drug test for THC bc everyone on the unit was tested for missing Percocets..and was ruled that I didn’t have an abuse diagnosis. So the question is, when I go to renew my license and it asks the dreaded question if I’ve been in treatment program, what do I say?!?!?? 4 years ago I got a DUI, prior to nursing school. I completed the program with no issues. What could happen? I reported to BON that I entered the program but I haven’t reported that I finished. Am I crazy for still having all this stress?!? Please help! 

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Persephone Paige has 15 years experience as a ADN.

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What kind of program? Was it IOP, or a program the DOJ system requires DUI people to attend?

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23 hours ago, Persephone Paige said:

What kind of program? Was it IOP, or a program the DOJ system requires DUI people to attend?

I didn’t even have to do anything for my DUI just because it happen prior to getting my license. I had to go to counseling 1x a month and random drug screens. I had to do that bc I failed a UDS for marijuana at my job. 

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Persephone Paige has 15 years experience as a ADN.

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2 minutes ago, OveritLPN said:

I didn’t even have to do anything for my DUI just because it happen prior to getting my license. I had to go to counseling 1x a month and random drug screens. I had to do that bc I failed a UDS for marijuana at my job. 

Someone chime in if I'm wrong, but counseling isn't 'treatment' in the traditional sense. When I think of drug treatment, I think of being admitted to inpatient or outpatient and then discharged when I've met my treatment goals. If I were renewing, I wouldn't keep reporting to them the things they've already been made aware of.

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catsmeow1972 has 15 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in OR.

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If I’ve learned anything in this roller coaster to hades, it’s to keep ones mouth shut. You’ve done TNPAP and finished it for some reason and somewhere in there, they know of the DUI and did not consider it relevant when sentencing you to monitoring (suprising  given the additional $$ that could have been squeezed from you on that, but never mind that)? That means, someone, somewhere already knows of it. IMO, don’t tell them again. It’s not new information and you run the risk of buying yourself more “evaluations” where some enterprising individual could decide that you now have an alcohol issue that needs yet more monitoring.

I am guessing that unlike my lovely state, yours does not consider an old, one time, closed pre nursing school DUI that may have been enough to scare the living daylights out of you grounds to start your nursing career off with the stigma of a monitoring contract. For that you are fortunate.

My recommendation is to say nothing as this is not new information. Stay far away from the MJ. Stop stressing and get on with your thankfully non TNPAP associated career.

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ruby_jane has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU/community health/school nursing.

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Ask your "case manager." The BON is well aware that you're being disciplined; the answer as to whether you have to let them know belongs to them. Good luck.

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I just renewed. You answer no. it tells you right on the question that you answered no if you are a graduate of or in TPAPN.

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