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  • Aug 23 '13

    I agree!! That is a nightmare! Definetly talk to an attorney and hopefully a hair follicle test can be of use.

    I finished our state's monitoring program in 2001 and didn't have a similar experience then but 3 yrs ago I had a seizure at home and was taken to our ER. The doc that saw me ordered a UDS. Came back pos. for PCP!! I was blown away!! I showed him my med list and they verified it with our pharmacy. He just kept asking where I had bought the PCP and refused to listen when I told him I hadn't taken something like that.

    I finally talked him into reordering the screen because I KNEW it was wrong. He said ok but I had to let them do an in and out cath.

    Of course, it came back neg for PCP and ANY other illegal drug - he came in and the first question out of his mouth "where did you get the clean urine for the second specimen??" He totally humiliated me - after d/c I got a copy of my visit for my primary doc - and when I saw both UDS results the values made NO sense. The spec gravity wasnt even close to any possible results. None of the numbers matched up - I don't know if maybe they got numbers reversed or what would explain it.

    Anyway, I would at least speak to an attorney and definetly try to do a hair follicle test. Good luck, and let us know how it goes!

    Anne, RNC

  • Jul 13 '13

    How horrible and humiliating to be put down during a staff meeting by a comment like "you all know nothing about waiting." Agism really can happen to all age groups. The frustrations of being a new nurse has happened to all new nurses no matter when the career was started, according to my mentors and friends of various ages. I myself know a lot about waiting. Pulling myself out of homelessness and deciding to work part-time instead of full-time in order to obtain an education is one clear example. I am from the generation that you generalized, but I have gasp *paid my own way in life and my four children's way including paying for education. If any one tries to tell me in a professional meeting that I know nothing about waiting, they are going to get a lesson that day. What a judgmental article written to give praise to yourself. Let your work bring you praise.

  • Jun 9 '13

    So far, it has gone faster than I thought. I keep busy though. Hopefully, things will continue to go well, I will find nursing work soon, and life will be amazing. But we will see. I do not want my life to go down the drain because of mental health issues and previous alcohol abuse.

  • Jun 9 '13

    50 months left (I am 1/6 of the way finished!) in HPMP and have 1 year 2 months sobriety.

  • May 31 '13

    To kind of toot my own horn here....

    I wow patients every single day I work. I'm an amazing nurse (despite my inferiority complex as an LPN). I say I know this because I receive more compliment cards than any other individual nurse at my ER. I put an NG tube down a guy 2 weeks ago, and just last weekend I had another member of the same family. The patient was extremely apprehensive, but the mother of NG tube patient from the week before piped up and said, "Don't worry. He took care of _____ last week. You're in great hands!"

    During the entire septic work up from IV to catheter to ABG the mother of NG guy did nothing but rave about my amazing skills, even when I had to use two attempts for the ABG she still praised me. Now that is something special, and I felt pretty damn good about myself the rest of the day.

    I hope everyone else gets to feel like that at some point.

  • May 25 '13

    I also am in NC. My doc was alcohol, I know the restrictions and the no narcs is what will be your obstacle, it took me 6 months in the program after I got reinstated to get a job, and basically took 2 years to get the restrictions lifted because everytime my supervisor changed I had a break in service, but finally got my 12 months in, Im now back at bedside and Im doing well. If things continue as they are going rt now I will be done with my contract in Jan 2015 yes im counting down. Good luck to you, try Dr office, chart analyst, direct admit nurse but they would not approve that for me because a family may hand you narcotics so yes it is hard to find a job but you will just focus on your aa/na meetings doing your aftercare and the job will come stay strong and clean if you use anything it will show then you will have charges on you forever. If you want to talk PM me.

  • Mar 23 '13

    I am sorry but I am having a very hard time believing that you are seriously wondering if used needles & leftover narcotics in one's pockets is normal the end of a nursing shift. You then go on to use the term "sharps," which is medical slang, which makes me wonder if you are at least tangentially involved in the medical field and are just trying to prank the members of this forum.

    Maybe I will get flamed for doubting you---but are you kidding???


    If your query is serious, then your wife's patients aren't the only one in danger. She may well die as a result of her narcotics abuse. Saying you don't want to turn her in because it is "hard" just doesn't cut it.

    Get her help, hopefully without getting her the involvement of the board of nursing. Period.

  • Feb 27 '13

    It's the point of the matter.... I have earned my right to practice as a nurse. I have experience in almost every field there is. I graduated top of my class. I deserve the respect that anyone else would get in the same position. My patients love me. I would venture to bet that I am the cleanest nurse working on any given day. I'm not afraid of being accused of any missing narcotics because I'd be innocent and ready to drop urine anytime. What I have is a disease by every definition of the word. I receive treatment my illness just like any diabetic would. They wouldn't refuse to hire a diabetic, but it's OK to refuse to hire me. I'm sick of it! I feel for any nurse that has had to deal with this issue. I am a recovering addict, and I always will be. I'm not going to hide it or keep it a secret. That would be admitting I'm ashamed of myself and I am not! It's what makes me... me. Eventually, someone will give me a job, and the rest will have let a great nurse get away because of their prejudice

  • Jan 27 '13

    I started out on this journey to become a nurse to rid the world of illness or at least help in the fight against it. After nursing school, I proudly took a stand alongside my coworkers against the enemy. For every shift I punched in and punched out I gained another morsel of insight.

    I saw a flicker of possibility.

    It made sense to me I mean, what other industry, other than healthcare, offers the opportunity to express a love for humanity. One human being helping another who has become downtrodden and sick. To help a person not at ease or in dis-ease. Of course, sacrifices have to be made to get to that honorary position.

    Family gatherings and social events are foregone in lieu of up all night studying and preparing for exam after exam. Year after year of self sacrifice and devotion to the dream of making it to that place where you can stand with the knowledge and skills required to meaningfully assist.

    I was working as a registered nurse for a short time when I realized that the enemy had many names the least of which was illness. I was swiftly introduced to the two most prominent names it bore; budget restraints and time.

    The greater of these was time.

    There was never enough of it, or stuff, or staff to do the pristine job my nursing school professors had taught me. I had to work at a much faster rate. In college I learned cognitive dissonance to be the space between what must be done and what a person is actually able to do and how the mind fills in the gap. Therein lies the outward boundary of the nursing profession. Nurses work inside the gap and in a tough economy the gap has become a ravine.

    The public has no idea that evolution has been to visit healthcare in the hospitals and caused it to evolve into a service industry that competes for market share and for patient satisfaction scores. Long gone are the days of nurses fluffing pillows and patients actually being patient.

    Nurses are true humanitarians and at the same time highly skilled scientists.

    They operate millions of dollars worth of equipment every day in specialty units where peoples lives hang by a thread. Healthcare is in dis-ease where outcomes and prognosis can be grim. The disease has spread and is picking up speed day after day like a run away train.

    Frequent flyer social abusers occupy a considerable percentage of the census on any given urban weekend aggravated by many avoidable chronic conditions that further clog the system. As a nation, where did we ever get the notion that our personal health, the acquisition and maintenance of it, was the responsibility of a third party.

    Why do we not teach preventative medicine to our children at home and in the school system?

    When we visit with our friends and family and get ready to part we might say "take care of yourself," but that is exactly the message we should freely share.

    I often wonder what fate awaits me if I am ever old and infirm and possibly face an overnight stay in hospital. I already know the pillows and mattress are packed with nails and the prospect of an enjoyable stay is mere fantasy. One solace we can count on is, in the face of struggle and possible defeat, healthcare workers continue to freely give that part of themselves that has no price tag.

    It is intangible. It is simply one human being helping another; one soul lifting up another. Oh yes, it has been exploited, and raped by the mighty and the greedy, however, it is a self replenishing source.

    Nursing is not just a career, it is a calling and not everyone gets that call, or text.

  • Jan 7 '13
  • Jan 7 '13

    Awesome share JMO!. I personally would keep the elmo. I to suffered some dark days in my addiction. Although my life is in a better place right now, I don't want to forget that pain. It keeps me clean and sober another day.

    Merry Christmas!

  • Jan 7 '13

    Wow! Juat keep on keeping on! YOu are doing great work!

  • Jan 7 '13

    Thanks for sharing JMO. Your story really hit home. I agree with Torsades I would keep Elmo too..Hope you have a Merry Christmas

  • Jan 7 '13

    Thank you for sharing! Merry Christmas to you!

  • Jan 7 '13

    Thanks for sharing.....congratulations!


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