I'm encouraging you to take a deep breathe. There are other nurses, pharmacists, doctors that
have gone through similar situations. Also be aware that each state has different requirements, so
what ever is suggested keep it in mind that in may not to pertain to you.
In PA, there is a 3yr program, NJ is a 5yr program and I am trying to gather more information
from each state. In both PA and NJ, after 6 months of outpt therapy and being in the programs, you
can go back to work. There are stipulations usually that a nurse can not return to supervising staff,
ICU,CCU and home healthcare. Again each state is different, I would do some internet research and
networking with other nurses in similar situations.
Also remember that there is a reason that you are there. Someone had recommended going for
the evaluation, definitely go and see what they say. After the evaluation, you will have some guidance
about your treatment. This will sound cruel, it's not meant to be, first most important objective is for
YOU to ACHIEVE SOBERTY AND BEING CLEAN. You can't work if you are impaired or suspected being
impaired. Would you want yourself or a family member to be cared for by an impaired nurse? The job
will be there in the future, and what to say during an interview.
I wish I could give you more information, there is lots to these programs. If you want more
information, I will gladly assist you any way I can. This is what helps to keep me clean and sober, is
to greet the newcomer and to give to them my experience, strength and hope. There is HOPE. Just
do it 1 day at a time.