I think the process is what I make of it. It can be fearful, and depressing, but, I feel thankful to have a second chance. I bought my ticket to ride this train, so I can either do it or get off. I am a recovering alcoholic (15 years) who decided to get back into nursing and therefore had to start a monitoring program (because I dropped out of a confidential one years ago). So, yes, there will always be a mark on my license and I will have to explain to people interviewing me until the end of time.
There are some people on here, who, IMO, should NOT have had to go through the programs. People with one DUI before nursing school, or one while off work, etc. I think an evaluation should have excluded them, but I think the BONs err on the side of caution. Right or wrong, it happens. If anything, for those people, maybe 3-6 months of monitoring would have been sufficient to handle things.
Working nights should make testing (UDS) easier, because you can go right after work. Working nights is an adjustment, and something I have never adjusted to, so I do not do them. However, I have met nurses who did it their entire careers and would never dream of working a day shift. Some people are great at it. Try to keep your sleep as regular as you can when working. Get blackout curtains for your room, wear earplugs or use a fan or noise machine. Sleep mask, etc.
Keep your chin up and be happy that you landed a job! That is a HUGE accomplishment and you deserve a pat on the back.
Stay strong friend!