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  1. SpankedInPittsburgh

    Thinking about NP school

    I finished NP School while in monitoring. However, I had all my clinical rotations completed when I started in monitoring. Here (in PA) you cannot do clinical hours while in the program so NP school is out as a practicality
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    Do you miss bedside nursing?

    Not even a little. Ever. None of it. Especially not the gossipy twits who live to talk behind their colleagues backs about things that are totally none of their business.
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    One Thread Wonders

    Perhaps they just got the advice they needed and got on with their life.
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    Calling all PNAP/VRP Nurses in PA

    From what I've seen they basically make you start over. I'm not sure about doing the rehab fiasco again but you gotta do the 90 in 90 and go through the work restrictions again. I can't imagine the BS you face. Honestly, I don't think I could do it. I wish you well
  5. SpankedInPittsburgh

    Felony charges

    They never called it a suspension but in effect it was. I needed a permission to return to work to stay in compliance with the terms and conditions of the voluntary program. In all I was off almost 6 months. First inpatient then outpatient treatmen and I had to complete 90 asinine meetings in 90 days. Once allowed to return to work I was not allowed to return to critical care for about another year so I worked as a case manager with no ot or shift differential. Total costs in lost wages was about $40k and I'm much luckier than most. I have a union job where they could not discharge me and about 1000 hours of sick leave built up. Many simply cannot negotiate the financial hurdles of monitoring. In monitoring apparently bankruptcy is part of a good recovery program
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    Felony charges

    I got my DUI on a Friday night and self reported to the BON on Monday morning because I figured it was my obligation to do so as a professional. I had no idea the giant tub of poop I was about to jump in and when I found out I was horrified. However, I've been told my the monitoring folks that this helped me. I have no idea how my self reporting helped me because it seems like I'm in the same program as everyone else but they say it did. Maybe it kept me out of our disciplinary program?
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    Will marijuana ever be okay in nursing?

    I don't think making drugs illegal makes any sense at all personally. Clearly the war on drugs has been a colossal failure. Some President Nixon declaired the war the amount of drugs has increased rapidly along with our prison populations. Having said that so long as weed is illegal on a federal level then nurses are going to be punished for using it. No medical facility can exist without some form of federal funding in the form of Medicare and other sources. Those dollars are contingent on following federal laws unfortunately to include making sure your staff aren't using illegal substances. Until weed is legal on a federal level you will risk your license if you use it. I think that's a shame but i also think that's the way it is
  8. SpankedInPittsburgh

    Has anyone gone through this program without false positives?

    I have never had a false positive yet. I did have a positive test as a result of a vivitrol shot I got while inpatient. I (like many) live in great fear of the false positive. I read some good advice here about getting a follow up Peth test ASAP after the positive
  9. SpankedInPittsburgh

    Felony charges

    I'd tell them. They are going to know anyway and coming clean may look better for you
  10. SpankedInPittsburgh

    Positive UDS

    I've heard 60 days for a peth test
  11. SpankedInPittsburgh

    It is DONE.

    Oh God Bless America!!! Another kind soul set free Congratulations and a job damn well done!!!! Spanked
  12. SpankedInPittsburgh

    Positive UDS

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    Positive UDS

    NOPE!!!! Nurses are human and we make mistakes. You made one and (I'm sure) can stay a nurse if you are willing to deal with the ramifications of getting caught
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    Positive UDS

    This is absolutely and undeniably true. The ONLY reason I don't drink is fear of getting caught. I truly believe that if you drink you will get caught eventually. Do I have a drinking problem??? It depends on whose opinion you listen to I suppose. Frankly, I could care less about those opinions and almost certainly will drink again after monitoring. Do you have a drinking problem? That's your business and how you deal with it is your business also AFTER monitoring. Unfortunately the only way out of this program is to vigorously play an idiotic game of "Simon Says" for years. Do yourself a favor and decide is all the BS is really worth it to you. If not walk away. If so be prepared to deal with the fallout from this which will stink and to fully comply with any new terms are placed in front of you. Otherwise you are needlessly torturing yourself
  15. SpankedInPittsburgh

    Alcohol free hand sanitizer

    I try to use soap and water all the time but forget sometimes and do use had sanitizer