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  1. Your blanket statement isn't true for everyone though. Many states do not have confidential programs or the confidential programs are really hard to access. I've seen nurses lose licenses over nuances in the monitoring contract or mistakes in UA testing/results or from not being able to afford the program -- not from actual relapse. You're so intent on proving the privilege of these programs that you seem to be ignoring your own privileges? People can certainly spiral into profound financial crisis from these programs. Over half of all Americans live paycheck to paycheck. Throw in a mortgage, a few kids to support, student loans, etc and, yeah, losing your house or having to file bankruptcy can feel like punishment. Yes, removing a nurse from the job might be necessary to protect the public but you can't begrudge someone who may have lost everything the feeling that they are being punished. I've spent a bit of time in jail and I've spent a lot of time locked on some not-so-nice psych units. Did your friend mean prison? I would take the boredom of jail over many of the psych units I've been on. And I'd take the boredom, cavity searches, and terrible food of both places over being screamed at by another healthcare professional about the formatting of a UA result.
  2. dirtyhippiegirl

    False positive/postive confirmed??

    In a different state so I have no clue about the specifics of how you should address this but I had a false positive for PCP while taking lamictal in a drug screen through my IOP. I was in the program for ETOHism. I was treated like *** by the nurse who supervised my case. The split specimen that they sent to HC/GS came back negative but the lady didn't like the formating of the test results on the paper and wouldn't accept them. Started saying that I and others (like the psychiatrist in my IOP) had said/done things that we hadn't said or done, made some claims that were easily proven as outright false. In my attempt to keep a paper trail, and also because she would often devolve into yelling at me, I moved all communication to email. It was an awful period at the time but I muddled through it. I look back now (about 4.5 years later) and view that as really the first time where I was able to handle an incredibly difficult situation with a modicum of sanity/not drinking and it kind of became the bellwether for my behavior during later *** situations. So that's a plus.
  3. dirtyhippiegirl

    Not reporting an employer to KNAP

    I have been out of KNAP for 2 years now but when I was in monitoring, I didn't know anyone in a HCA hospital. KU was KNAP-friendly (as long as you didn't get busted by them); I also knew nurses at the VA in Leavenworth, at CMH (south), and someone at OMC.
  4. dirtyhippiegirl

    Fulfilling 12 months active practice requirement

    This was allowed in my state's program. People volunteered off their work requirement at the Red Cross and in the infirmary at the local large homeless shelter. Idk about volunteering to work as a nurse in a traditionally paid job like a SNF. It seems like there could be some liability/red tape issues there. You could just work PRN if that counts towards the work requirements. My experience with finding a job while on contract was that some places will work with you and some just absolutely won't -- and I doubt whether you're working for pay or not counts in that decision...
  5. dirtyhippiegirl

    DWI in New Jersey, Application Under Legal Review

    Ahh I feel like nobody straight out said it? A prior addiction history in itself, even with a few years of sobriety, is often a one-way ticket to monitoring program town. If you admitted to being addicted/abusing your pills in what you disclosed to the BON...it could be a rough few years.
  6. dirtyhippiegirl

    IOP Questions

    I was allowed to return to work after about a week into IOP. I had done 4 weeks inpatient first, plus 2 on general psych before that lol. My state allows for a return to work as soon as the treatment providers think it's okay however you still have to complete treatment and fitting 12 hour nursing shifts into IOP can be difficult.
  7. dirtyhippiegirl

    License Renewal

    I'd be worried that if you marked "no" at this point, they may find out somehow via the BON somehow. I had the same thing re my program -- no formal hearing or reprimand but I did get have case number that stayed open until I completed monitoring. After that, everything was closed and sealed. Marking "yes" will definitely open a huge can of worms that you don't wamt.
  8. dirtyhippiegirl

    License Renewal

    Do you have an open case with the BON? That would be how the other states would know about your treatment...
  9. dirtyhippiegirl

    Stick a fork in it!

  10. dirtyhippiegirl

    New grad struggling to land first job

    I graduated during the recession and back then it wasn't uncommon for it to take ~6 mos after licensing to land a job as a new grad. You've only been a RN for like six weeks so I wouldn't start panicking yet. I picked up a pediatric private duty job as a new grad which I ended up working for about five months while still applying to hospital positions. PDN isn't really where a new grad should be but I was aware of my limitations which helped. Eventually I lucked into a position on a burn unit that was hoping to expand its pediatric population -- I was able to play up my peds experience to help me get that job. Trying to juggle what you're willing to compromise with in a job versus the need to work to pay your bills is pretty common. I do think that applying for jobs with an active license will weigh more heavily in your favor now.
  11. dirtyhippiegirl

    A Recovery Poll, Sort Of

    I have been out of monitoring for 16 months. I go to the occ AA meeting, like once or twice a month, mostly to catch up with friends and/or to remind myself of how awful early sobriety and active alcoholism is. We have Buddhist and Atheist AA here too which I like to go to from time to time as I find the people in those meetings interesting and they tend to mesh better with my world view. My life is so, so much better sober. We just got back from trekking in Nepal. I am doing things I never would have done when I was drinking. Even my social life is better. I am going to a concert with friends tomorrow night and will DD. No biggie. I do think my alcoholism requires life-long diligence but that's multi-faceted and involves general wellness and not, like, attending AA and only hanging out with AA people until I die.
  12. dirtyhippiegirl

    I Need the Hassle of Monitoring

    Ah, the certainty of inexperience. I almost miss that phase of my addiction.
  13. dirtyhippiegirl

    sugar alcohols?

    Ketosis and diabetic ketoacidosis are two different processes, thankfully! Ketosis only produces ketones in your urine and will not give a false positive. There are also members on here that can back that up personally. DKA also spills glucose into your urine which can cause a false positive if somehow fermented either with yeast from the body or through poor specimen storage and transport processes, yes.
  14. dirtyhippiegirl

    Turned down PNAP

    Does your lawyer have any experience with the BON?! I feel like you probably got bad advice for your money...I can't imagine a scenario where you won't have to submit to some kind of monitoring with a recent drug problem and also apparently a past drug problem too. That's rough. :/
  15. dirtyhippiegirl

    Do you post in any other non-nursing forums