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Nurses allowed to work despite drug abuse by paying a fine

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HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

Interesting. I have noticed that there is a significant variance among state BONs when it comes to this issue. My state is well known for "erring on the side of caution" - reacting swiftly and decisively... sometimes over-reacting.

RNIBCLC

Specializes in Maternity.

Interesting. I have noticed that there is a significant variance among state BONs when it comes to this issue. My state is well known for "erring on the side of caution" - reacting swiftly and decisively... sometimes over-reacting.

Yes, Texas is very strict.

subee, MSN, CRNA

Specializes in CRNA, Finally retired. Has 49 years experience.

IF the report is true, the members of the BON of nursing who participated in these decisions, should be removed.

RNIBCLC

Specializes in Maternity.

I agree, but I am really questioning the validity of this story. You would think that since it has become a news story. There would be some sort of blow back. Unfortunately, we will probably never hear anything one way or another.

subee, MSN, CRNA

Specializes in CRNA, Finally retired. Has 49 years experience.

Maybe someone in the West Va. nurses' recovery program will see this story. Could we move it to the recovery forum?

RNIBCLC

Specializes in Maternity.

Maybe someone in the West Va. nurses' recovery program will see this story. Could we move it to the recovery forum?

Great idea.

Here.I.Stand, BSN, RN

Specializes in SICU, trauma, neuro. Has 16 years experience.

The thing about this is it doesn't solve the root of the problem. Monitoring programs ensure public safety by preventing impaired nurses from practicing, and at the same time support the nurse's recovery efforts as a non-punitive alternative to simply revoking the license. Paying a fine isn't going to fix anything.

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 41 years experience.

I don't think most nurses are in recovery although I agree that the nurses who are recovering are working very hard at regaining their lives. This article is about the investigation into the BON actions and not the nurses themselves.

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