HPMP - good, bad & ugly

  1. Hi!

    I am a RN who is about to sign a HPMP contract - my lawyer contacted them today stating I will enroll in lieu of IFC. After 7 months of moving on with my life, finding a new job and settling back into life it is time for it all to fall apart. There seems to be extremely limited information regarding the specifics of VA HPMP so I am hoping someone can help me better understand what I am in for the next 5 years...

    1. How long after signing do you have to quit your current job (I am an ER nurse). I know board orders take 33 days, I want to be able to give 2 weeks. My manager is aware of everything going on and supportive.

    2. Confidential or not? I read everyone gets a board order but it is hidden after 5 years is up. Are you also placed on the exclusion list?

    3. What steps do you have to take after signing to get into the program... eval ect. I already had a substance abuse eval that did not find any evidence of a problem and 7 months of self sought drug test, but due to error on my part (coming to work tired, +drug test for opiates and some "med errors") coupled with th some unflattering and untrue statements it became apparent that in order to move on with my career a confidential program was the only way instead of fighting the board

    4. What is entailed in the program - 3NA meetings/week, 36 drug test a year are all I know. How often do you have to meet with a
    Counselor?

    5. How long into the program before you can work in the ER / critical care again, if at all? My nurse manager said they hired someone in HPMP but I didn't know if it was a lie.

    6. Can I travel outside the state / country - I work with a nonprofit that does mission trips. Will I not be allowed to do these in the program as these countries do not have the ability to get tested in for the 1-2 weeks I'm there.

    7. I have taken Adderal for my ADHD for 8 years - will I not be able to take my medicine?

    These are are the basics. It's overwhelming and seems like an impossible road. I am happy and content in my life right now and I feel like everything is about to fall apart...
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    About ScarletLetterRN

    Joined: May '18; Posts: 6; Likes: 2
    from VA , US

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  3. by   ScarletLetterRN
    I am new to AllNurses and posted this in the wrong section - does anyone know how to move this to Virginia Nurses or substance abuse section? Thank you
  4. by   dianah
    Moved to more applicable area.
    Hopefully our wise members will be able to help you with your questions.

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