You know the more I read these posts, the more I believe that being an R.N. means we are being judged for simply being human beings, and it is really upsetting! I was lucky in that I am on the Mental Health track of tpapn. So is having anxiety and MDD something that an R.N. cannot have? I read these posts about people drinking while off and I think, "so is no nurse suppose to ever drink". I understand that if the drinking goes beyond a rare social occassion, if the drinking is a problem. But honestly, it seems that another R.N. just has to hypothesize that another is "acting different" while on shift, and even without evidence we are thrown in the program! My god this is frightening!
After I told my psychiatrist that I was in tpapn she told me it would be hard for me to find a position. The next visit with her, she told me that she felt I did not need to be in tpapn and that she had other patients in it for ridiculous reasons. She told me that nurses are being disciplined for being human, for having disabilities. So where is our justice!? The more I read the stories, the more angry I get! How do we make changes?? How do we get to become human?!!!