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New grad & I just got a job- I need advice

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NewNurse91D has 2 years experience and works as a Residential Service Agency, Clinical Supervisor.

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NewNurse91D has 2 years experience and works as a Residential Service Agency, Clinical Supervisor.

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Good luck! And yes, keep it simple. If it does become an issue at any point, you may even want to seek legal advice to ensure the best outcome. When you're talking about using suboxone to "come off the pills" you were self-medicating with, that sounds like something that the BON would have already required disclosure of when initially applying for a license. Tread with caution.

I definitely didn't use the best choice of words in regards to the "come off pills", I don't usually speak in that manner but I was typing quickly and in a rush (I was working on 2 assignments that are due tonight for my RN-to-BSN courses).

To be honest with you, I don't even like that it's up there in text now lol.

But anyways, thank you for the advice =]

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Hi there, congrats on graduating and finding a job!

I went through the same kind of stress with my Xanax. I have anxiety and I have sought treatment. I also know not to use it before coming to work (it makes me sleep and I rarely use it anyway). I was terrified of that physical, I worked through what to say with my practitioners, I was ready to have them provide statements that I was seeking treatment and I was safe to practice, I had my prescriptions lined up, I made sure to put down the Xanax PRN on the med list form and on the history under "psychiatric conditions," I put Anxiety to explain/justify it...... Occupational Med doctor never even asked about it because I was thorough on the forms and I got the green light three days later when I had my PPD read.

If it helps you, talk to your provider about what to say. They know your case and they know what it's like to be licensed and have your life under a microscope. They can help you figure out how to explain not too much and not too little, and ask if they'd be willing to write a statement that they're following your care. The big phrase is "This medication is prescribed by a doctor who is following/monitoring my care."

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NewNurse91D has 2 years experience and works as a Residential Service Agency, Clinical Supervisor.

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Hi there, congrats on graduating and finding a job!

I went through the same kind of stress with my Xanax. I have anxiety and I have sought treatment. I also know not to use it before coming to work (it makes me sleep and I rarely use it anyway). I was terrified of that physical, I worked through what to say with my practitioners, I was ready to have them provide statements that I was seeking treatment and I was safe to practice, I had my prescriptions lined up, I made sure to put down the Xanax PRN on the med list form and on the history under "psychiatric conditions," I put Anxiety to explain/justify it...... Occupational Med doctor never even asked about it because I was thorough on the forms and I got the green light three days later when I had my PPD read.

If it helps you, talk to your provider about what to say. They know your case and they know what it's like to be licensed and have your life under a microscope. They can help you figure out how to explain not too much and not too little, and ask if they'd be willing to write a statement that they're following your care. The big phrase is "This medication is prescribed by a doctor who is following/monitoring my care."

thank you very much for your advice! :)

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Archerlpvn has 4 years experience and works as a Home health LPN/LVN.

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Maybe ask your pcp about getting on subutex instead if appropriate, as it doesn't have the naloxone component and is straight bup? Maybe it has less of a stigma?

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BabyFood26 has 4 years experience and works as a LPN.

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Hey there, I am a little sad I didn't notice this thread earlier. I would just like to say that I know how it feels to be self conscious in disclosing your medications to an employer. I was asked also, I disclosed, took a UDS, provided Rx validation and was hired no problem.

I'm only 28, but I suffer from some gnarly issues mainly in my spine from childhood abuse injuries. So every now and again I cave in and take my prescribed pain meds. Try real hard not to rely on them though. I do other therapeutic things to help like yoga and watching my gluten intake... etc.

Like everyone has already elaborated on, the key when disclosing such sensitive info is to just be basic and honest but not overly friendly with the details.

I would really love to know how it all went and how it's going. Update us soon!

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Did you have to take a drug test for nursing school? How did that one go?

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NewNurse91D has 2 years experience and works as a Residential Service Agency, Clinical Supervisor.

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Did you have to take a drug test for nursing school? How did that one go?

Yes I did, and it was NO problem!!

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NewNurse91D has 2 years experience and works as a Residential Service Agency, Clinical Supervisor.

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So I did everything I was supposed to do. I told them about my medications, I showed them my prescriptions. Then when they did my physical the person who did it, told me that she couldn't clear me yet and wanted my doctor to fill a form out- she literally told me that if I did that, I would be cleared. She said I would have to come back with the form and meet with her boss, who would clear me- which I DID! Did exactly what she said and I got the form filled out. I went back yesterday to see the head doctor and he didn't even look at the form and told me that he had to then have a conversation with my doctor before clearing me. So I said OK you can go ahead. He told me that he would call my doctor that same day. So I get a phone call this morning from the HR department and evidently I won't be able to start the date that I was originally supposed to start on because I'm still not cleared yet .... the doctor didn't call my doctor yesterday. I'm literally FREAKING OUT YOU GUYS. I quit my job because I was under the assumption that I had gotten a new job, I paid $300 in licensing fees to work at the hospital, I went out and bought all of my scrubs ( as you know, each hospital has specific colors so I will have spent probably $200 for no reason). And I did EVERY SINGLE THING that they asked me to do. I got proper documentation, I got my doctor to fill out the form, I told him that he can go ahead and call my doctor; and now I'm told that I can't start on Monday because I haven't been cleared yet - yet they were supposed to call my doctor yesterday to take care of that; and yet, they didn't.

I have no idea what to do! I am freaking out. I invested so much in this hospital and have literally paused my life for this- it's not like I was prematurely counting on this either, I was HIRED by them, I signed the paperwork and everything, I had a start date.

This DOES NOT seem right at all! I don't know what to do. I contacted the person that was supposed to call my doctor yesterday yet nobody answered the phone.

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NewNurse91D has 2 years experience and works as a Residential Service Agency, Clinical Supervisor.

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This cannot be okay! I am SO upset right now

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