Diversion - page 2

I have a question regarding med diversion and how it is addressed. Recently a relatively new hire (not new nurse) was accused of narcotic diversion. She came into work and was met by the nurse... Read More

  1. by   Meriwhen
    If the nurse didn't do anything, then why the hell did she confess? It's incredibly difficult if not impossible to retract a confession, even if the confessor was innocent since day 1.

    Unless she actually did do it and is trying to save face, e.g., "I have no idea..." That wouldn't be the first time I've seen that happen.

    Not passing judgment on the OP, but it has happened and is a possibility...

    OP: if you were innocent and management wasn't willing to provide evidence, then you should not have confessed.

    If you have a union, you should have called your union steward to seek their counsel, and no, management can not forbid you to do that.

    If you don't have a union, then you should have called your malpractice insurance carrier and/or an attorney...and no, management can't stop you from doing that either.

    As for what to do now...since you've painted yourself into quite the corner, I wouldn't do anything more without the guidance of the union and/or an attorney. You don't want to make things worse by bumbling around on your own. And while an attorney may not be able to reset things back to how they were before all this happened, they could help mitigate the damage to you both professionally and criminally (as controlled substances are involved).

    And you may want to start searching for your next job. Even if you get this all sorted out, your reputation there has taken quite the hit.

    Best of luck.
    Last edit by Meriwhen on Feb 8
  2. by   Frina
    They took my badge, so fired yes. I didn't sign any kind of termination. They didn't escort me off the property or anything. They said if the board contacts me to be cooperative- that it woill make it easier for me. Which is the same thing they said the entire meeting
  3. by   Frina
    Yes, it is easy now for me to think I shouldn't have said anything, should have seeker advice first, etc. But I went into work at 7pm, expecting to work, and was met by them. I repeatedly said I don't know what this is about, that if I made a mistake, can you let me know. Asked over and over why they couldn't tell me anything or at least give me something to go on. HR sat there and said nothing. The only comment made about them regarding evidence was "none of your coworkers said anything or anything like that" I tried to think of a time that maybe something didn't scan or anything like that but couldn't. After an hour of this going on and feeling like I didn't have a choice I made a vague statement. I don't even think I used the term narcotic and definitely didn't name any type of medication.
  4. by   Randomnurse3
    You should have gotten up and walked out after an hour. Especially if they were not giving you an explanation or evidence. At that point you were already fired in their minds. What vague statement did you make? It's important to know exactly what "vague" statement you made.
  5. by   Crush
    At this point I would be seeking legal advice as in at least a consult. Best of luck.
  6. by   Randomnurse3
    Quote from Crush
    At this point I would be seeking legal advice as in at least a consult. Best of luck.

    Yes!! Definitely seek out an attorney. They may not be able to completely reverse the damage but may be able to soften the outcome.
  7. by   jetsy62
    Pay out of pocket for a drug test asap. BON will want to see negative results. Consult an attorney.
  8. by   TriciaJ
    Quote from traumagyrl
    If they have evidence they're going to tell you exactly what it is they have. Maybe your friend is not been all the way forthcoming with you. Maybe she is embarrassed or ashamed.
    This is my thought, too. Your friend knows the whole story. You only know what she is choosing to tell you.
  9. by   Farawyn
    Quote from TriciaJ
    This is my thought, too. Your friend knows the whole story. You only know what she is choosing to tell you.
    She is the friend.
  10. by   Have Nurse
    She should have had an attorney or Union Rep with her if they had one. She is not obligated to answer any questions and should not have.
  11. by   SpankedInPittsburgh
    Yeah whatever was confessed to will be treated as gospel now. I have no idea what she confessed to in detail but I'd expect the BON to get involved and her life to get a lot worse quick
  12. by   not.done.yet
    You seriously need a lawyer.
  13. by   SpankedInPittsburgh