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dirtyhippiegirl BSN, RN

PDN; Burn; Phone triage
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dirtyhippiegirl has 8 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in PDN; Burn; Phone triage.

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    Affinity and KNAP

    No. I don't know what the Affinity test is but I was just charged $45 for the A-panel when I was in KNAP.
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    Plant-based (vegan) mandate for NY hospitals

    So do you think that someone who believes that killing another living creature to consume it should...just eat meat, then? I am not certain how an ethical decision for many people is comparable to a fad diet. Muslims who stick to halal options can also eat fish and default lacto-ovo vegetarian options and now the extra added vegan option. It's literally just adding an option for people who often believe they have a moral obligation to not consume animal products who do not often have many, if any, food options. That's it!
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    Plant-based (vegan) mandate for NY hospitals

    What other people choose to do with their dietary practices isn't impacting you at all. Nobody is attacking you, yet you are being very defensive. Including a vegan option on the menu is not taking away from your rights to raise, kill, or consume animals.
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    Plant-based (vegan) mandate for NY hospitals

    Yay. I have been vegetarian for ethical reasons for 25 years and have, like another poster on here, been in hospital situations where my food choices were severely restricted to a small handful of things. And I eat eggs and most dairy products so it shouldn't be that freaking difficult. :P On that note, it's been interesting to see the growing acceptance of non-animal products over the last ten years or so. I'm in a large city in the Midwest and remember begging my mom to specialty order Morningstar veggie burgers from the one hippie co-op that carried them. This was in the mid to late 90s. When Whole Foods rolled into town, I thought I'd died and gone to vegetarian heaven. Glad to see some hospital systems finally catching up to what I can now buy at Walmart.
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    If The Cali Board Of Nursing Accuses You Give Up Your License

    You should definitely demand to investigate the color of the fringe on the flag in the courtroom when you have to go in to deal with your DUI charges.
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    Do you miss it?

    No. My life is immensely better now that I am sober and I am absolutely certain that I will never be able to drink like a normal person or even a high functioning drunk. Both of those bits of knowledge keep me from missing alcohol for the most part. I still go to AA from time to time and sit with people who have been sober for decades but still talk about having to handle daily cravings etc and get so sad for them. In hindsight, I am probably lucky that my drinking, right out of the gate, was excessive and self-destructive and secretive -- I never built friendships around drinking or had a lot of good memories of drinking times to pull me back in.
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    New BSN in Michigan w/ Dual-Diagnosis (pre-licensure)

    I think Michigan's program is self-referral only? At least people used to post on here that you could only be eligible if you self-referred. You've really got two hurdles to overcome here -- the second DUI is one (plus whatever other arrests are on your record) plus the bipolar disorder with history of involuntary commitment. That by itself in some states can be reason to deny licensure. The BON will probably want proof that you are mentally stable before they let you sit for the NCLEX so think about getting references from your treatment providers on top of the alcoholism stuff. Hopefully they will be willing to give you a chance. These monitoring programs all require multiple drug tests a month. Sometimes several a week. You usually check in first thing in the morning and than have to get to a testing site within a few hours to the end of the day. You'll have restrictions on your license that will make working in a hospital, home health, and some nursing home settings almost impossible for a few years etc. Good luck!
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    Random, eh?

    Seeee, I had the opposite experience. I went to Rome for 10 days in the middle of monitoring. I came back fully expecting to be tested ASAP but didn't get hit with a test for close to 6 weeks...
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    How much power does BON have?

    I mean -- they aren't saying you can't leave the country. You'll just have your nursing license yanked if you do.
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    Affinity and KNAP

    Blood test. It shows drinking for 3 to 4 weeks after you drank, sometimes more if you were hitting it heavy. I knew a couple of people who tried to drink while in KNAP, never knew anyone who did that successfully fwiw.
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    Affinity and KNAP

    I have been out of KNAP for over 2 years now but my earlier posts in this thread are still my experience. Urine Etg can detect alcohol theoretically for several days after drinking but KNAP did not do Etg testing when I was in it. (From the deep digging I did one day, I think they were sued over a false positive back in the early 2000s.) I had 2 Peth tests in 3 years. One after a dilute and a random as I was closing in on graduating (lol) from the program. If you're near Mission, I highly recommend signing up to test with Accu-Screen. Wonderful folks who know what they are doing and also never make you feel like crap for why you are there.
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    9 days left and I’m terrified

    I think it vaguely crossed my mind that I could drink again when I was in the process of completing monitoring but it wasn't terribly persistent, tbh. I've had a few stressful instances in the 2+ years I've been off paper where I wanted to drink but I just play that tape forward - it's not gonna end well - and move on, don't let the thoughts or feelings linger because I am good at being sneaky with my drinking and justifying unjustifiable behaviors to myself. It's good that you're telling people in real life that you know about these thoughts. Do you feel like you have enough accountability in AA to not slide back into old habits?
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    What To Expect

    This is actually not the best idea either, especially if you're not expecting your drug screen to come back positive. A refusal to take a drug screen for whatever reason - even if a later drug screen ended up being negative - is often construed as admission of guilt and you'll end up in front of the BON or in monitoring anyway. Especially in the current climate of hyper-awareness about addiction.
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    5 years sober!

    Crazy to think in December of 2014, I was despondent enough to inject an entire Novolog pen into myself in an attempt to end the cycle of depression and drinking I was in. I have a pretty good life these days. It's far from perfect, of course. I applied for another job recently and did not get it after going through all the interviews -- the job I have been doing for the last 4.5 years is niche enough that I am probably pigeonholed for my skillset. But I also went trekking for 3 weeks in Nepal last fall and have my sights set on a couple of 14ers in CO for this fall. I have a more active and diverse social life than I ever had while I guzzled vodka at home, alone. And I am not dead so that is a plus too.
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    Living while in TPAPN

    They have done studies and you really have to basically be hot-boxing for it to show up in your pee. However, second hand smoke can be detected in hair testing which occasionally happens with these programs. I was also super paranoid and never did anything where I thought people might be smoking pot. Not worth the hassle.
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    What defines inpatient treatment

    Partial versus IOP is about hours in the program. IOP is usually a few hours a day, usually not every day of the week. Partial hospitalization is going to be all-day (I think anything over 6 or 7 hours but you don't sleep there is considered partial) but you can certainly go home to sleep. Some residential programs do get around insurance companies generally not covering residential treatment (versus inpatient) by billing for partial hospitalization and then having the patient pay to stay near by at a sponsored facility. Or they offer boarding to people who do not live near by to encourage stepping down to a lower level of care with their facility. But not always. I had a lot of hospitalizations for anorexia as a teenager and into my early 20s and getting insurance to pay for them meant learning the lingo.

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