I started this thread as a very frightened, very hopeless, and very angry nurse of 34 years tenure and many years of addiction. Thanks to a program, a higher power, and a lot of support from friends, family, and the fine people here, I am able to post this today.
Good things happen when recovery is maintained. I am living proof of that today. Today, I begin my new job with the same company that hired me, 9 months ago, under my stipulations. I have been promoted to Patient Care Liaison for the marketing department. Yes, I am still under stipulations from the BON until January 2013 (with the continued grace of God, I will be done then.) I was originally hired to work the night shift with supervision and only PRN with no benefits, no guarantee of hours, and no confidence that they would want to deal with my restrictions for very long. After nine months, I have been promoted to work 9-5, no weekends, and no holidays, at a good salary.
I do not post this to boast or brag. I post this to be a beacon to those who are beginning the process, or feel beat down by the process and have no idea who, if anyone, will ever hire them with a permanent BON public disclosure and practice restrictions. I read in this forum, over and over, the same struggle that I had finding work and being accepted back into the nursing field. I can hear the desperation in their hearts written between the lines.
I am here to say it can be done..it will be done..but not in our time frame and certainly not how we think it should happen. So, Please! Stay strong, stay clean, and stay focused. I am nothing special..I am not a super nurse, I am a garden variety recovering nurse addict. If it can happen for me, it can happen for you..both in the dark terrifying past of full addiction..to the bright sunny future of continued recovery.