Looking for anyone who’s completed the NCBON alternative program!

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by NCsallyrn NCsallyrn (New) New Nurse

Specializes in ER.

I am almost done with the alternative program and I’m wondering if anyone has completed it. I would like to know what happens at the end!

SD152420

SD152420

11 Posts

Me too! I am done in 3 months! When are you done? I have talked to one person and it may just depend on who your coordinator is. I did read in the contract that you are supposed to reach out to your coordinator 2 months before your end date to make sure they don’t need anything else from you. I know someone who let their coordinator know they were going out of the country to celebrate their sobriety the day after they were supposed to be released and their coordinator let them out a day early. I have a vacation planned to celebrate so I am hoping I have the same luck. Congrats on almost being done! I never thought I would make it through this awful program but I can finally see the light. Even though every day I am worried something is going to happen. They are drug testing me more than ever, but I am clean as a whistle. 

Almost done!

NCsallyrn

NCsallyrn

Specializes in ER. 3 Posts

That’s great! I actually got the call that I’m done today, I can’t believe it. Felt like it took a lifetime haha. 

SD152420

SD152420

11 Posts

That is awesome! I am so happy for you! Did it take awhile from your actual end date to get the call? Is there anything I need to know 😉 

NCsallyrn

NCsallyrn

Specializes in ER. 3 Posts

She let me turn in my last AA/employee evaluation 6 days early, then it took 4 days to get an all clear. She called me and told me I was done and my license was back to normal on the BON website, the call lasted like 2 minutes and that was it! I was worried she might quiz me or something haha. I still feel like someone is gonna jump out of the bushes and take it away. 

Kmrn65

Kmrn65, RN

Has 34 years experience. 38 Posts

I am in the NCBON alternative program too... in the process of reinstatement and ready to scream...:(

I truly am thinking that I might rather work at Chic Filet than put myself through this!

Congratulations on finishing!!

PrayerMighty, ADN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Registered Nurse. Has 28 years experience. 12 Posts

Any who has completed have a hair test at the end?  I have had no missed check-ins ever and only one dilute in five years; others who have gotten out already said I probably got the hair test because the dilute was last May, less than a year ago. (I had started a weight loss program and had started drinking 64 oz a day…just didn’t think to stop drinking water for three hours beforehand.) SO,  I got an email on the secure app on Tuesday saying I met criteria for completion but to send in some documentation (an exit survey and letters from support group facilitator and one from myself stating how I felt I was doing and my plan to maintain sobriety) but not to stop checking in or testing, if selected, until receiving the official exit letter.  So, I sent it all in (already knew what to have ready from others who’ve gotten out) and was excited, thinking I’d get my exit letter Wed.  Nope.  Woke up to a hair test ($300 - thanks IPN) Wed morning.  
I just want to know how long it usually takes for it to come back if anyone has had one.  It said “Hair stat 14”, if that makes any difference in timing.  I feel a little crazy constantly checking to see if they’re back but I just want this whole nightmare to finally be officially over!  Am I getting close or do you think I’m looking at weeks here???  Any info appreciated! 

Scarlet70

11 Posts

I’m going to have to enter it. Was it expensive?

Kmrn65

Kmrn65, RN

Has 34 years experience. 38 Posts

Prayer, I am so sorry you have to do that but I hope your test comes back soon!!

Scarlett, if you get chosen for the like 2 urine tests/month the bill is usually around $87, but if you get blood tests it gets expensive.

I have had one dilute and about 50% of my urine comes back "abnormal" ( low creatinine or something?) So I have had 3 blood tests in 8 months, and those months the testing bill was $369.

Good luck...  don't miss check ins. I did and it cost me:(

endlesssummer

endlesssummer

Specializes in Business, managed care, case management. 2 Posts

I completed the NCBON alternative program 21 years ago. I can't believe it's been that long.