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Non Narcotic Theft and Terminated

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by exelor exelor (New Member) New Member Nurse

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How will this affect future employment? It was some B/P meds.  Awaiting to see if hospital files with BON.

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Pepper The Cat is a BSN, RN and specializes in Gerontology.

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Well, theft is theft.

i guess it depends on how willing someone is to give you a second chance

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TriciaJ is a RN and specializes in Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory.

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Why?

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Waiting to see if board will be involved, then applying for new job. What do I need to be concerned about with applivation/ new job?

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You stole BP meds?  I’m so curious to hear more. 

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I would guess that if the new employer knows about the theft, it is going to be a problem.  If I had a pile of applicants in front of me, and one was a thief, I would have to have a pretty compelling reason to hire that one.

Some context here might help.

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My b/p was high when seeing md for a minor issue with stitches. Took them to keep my pressure down when seeing him- dont currently have a primary md. Also took them when pressure was up on home cuff. Was stupidity on my part for not going to primary for prescription

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6 minutes ago, exelor said:

My b/p was high when seeing md for a minor issue with stitches. Took them to keep my pressure down when seeing him- dont currently have a primary md. Also took them when pressure was up on home cuff. Was stupidity on my part for not going to primary for prescription

You stole BP meds because you monitored your BP on your own cuff and for white coat syndrome.

My BP is high every single time I commute to work and after two decades the BP meds are safe from my attention.

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Yes, this was a colossally dumb move, but I suspect you realize that now.  I’ve never been through anything like this, but I suspect that this could be a very lengthy and expensive process for you. It could involve action on your license by the BON and even criminal charges. Did your employer say it was going to report you to the BON?

You may want to speak with an attorney that deals with license issues to get an idea of what to expect and the timeline as it varies considerably by state. 

As far as employment, everyone deserves a second chance. Your best bets for employment are the places that have difficulty finding nurses, e.g., some nursing homes.   

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TitaniumPlates specializes in ED.

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Unfortunately, this is a judgement issue.

First, it's theft of hospital or facility property. It's also against any and all (I would expect) Nurse Practice Acts.

Second, if I were a hiring manager, I wouldn't consider you--the reasons are threefold:

               a.  You believe that the rules do not apply to you, when you

                    feel that your situation warrants it. i.e. stealing drugs

                    from your employer

               b.  You do not have sound judgement. i.e. you would treat

                    your own "illness" without the proper diagnosis and

                    testing from a licensed professional.

               c.  You are clearly attempting to circumvent any type of

                    repercussions.  i.e. see A.

 

It depends on what state you are licensed in, what their BON would do. It also depends on what your facility decides to do--diversion doesn't just refer to narcotics. You are diverting medications that should be going to patients that have been diagnosed and are being treated for those illnesses in your facility.

I think you need an attorney--and get in front of this immediately. Your judgement is questionable at best, criminal at worst---you don't want to go down the road of thinking that "it's just bp meds" and then being charged with diversion. You stand a good chance of losing your license if you stand around and wait for your facility to figure out what to do with you.

Were you terminated? That also will have an effect on your future employment, whether you get into trouble for diversion or not.

 

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Was terminated, in Texas.  thoughts

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How do I get ahead of this? Dont i have to see if they file with BON?

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