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    Job Interview

    I remember those days during monitoring and experiencing unusual anxiety during interviews. I suggest you be well prepared, well rested, arrive early and bring up the topic of your past/recovery before they do. You will know the right time, when you ...
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    Staffing Ratios

    Hi everyone, I am relatively new to psychiatric nursing and for decades worked in critical care areas with a 1:2 nurse:patient ratio. I am now employed at a for-profit acute care psychiatric facility with a 1:15 nurse:patient ratio. The PICU does hav...
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    Diluted urine drug test!!

    I would not worry too much about a single dilute specimen. In my experience with the Texas monitoring program they only give you a hard time for repeated dilute specimens because then they assume the participant is deliberately trying to interfere wi...
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    tpapn jobs

    From what I hear, UHS is TPAPN friendly. Good luck to you!
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    First DUI. No hope. Help.

    I suggest you research the Washington state program for impaired nurses to get an idea of what to expect should you remain in Washington. I hear that California is one of the strictest states in dealing with impaired health care providers but have no...
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    TPAPN friendly employers in Austin?

    Hi ATXRN83, I reside in the Austin area and recently completed TPAPN. My first job in TPAPN was in Home Health. It was not really for me, I found it to be a difficult way to earn a living but it did allow me to circumvent the narcotic restriction. An...
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    MSN done

    Congratulations! I don't know you but nevertheless I am very proud and happy for you.
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    should I just give up? DUI/ mental illness

    Hi, I urge you to be rational and creative in this decision. For example, try to calculate your future earnings as an RN vs whatever other skills you possess. Today RNs command a pretty nice salary compared to Liberal Arts, Communication graduates, e...
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    should I just give up? DUI/ mental illness

    Please do not give up, you have come this far. In my opinion, your state BON will likely force you into their monitoring program. It is no fun, it is not fair but it is doable and only lasts a few years. I recommend you stay the course and try to fin...
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    Hand sanitizers ... what do you use??

    When I was a TPAPN participant I used Babyorganics alcohol-free foaming hand sanitizer. The active ingredient is Benzalkonium chloride and is found in the baby section of supermarkets.
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    It's Official!

    I am happy to announce I have recieved my official Letter of Completion from TPAPN.It was frustrating, humiliating and financially devastating but at long last it is over! Thank you to all who have provided me encouragement and emotional support. To ...
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    It's Official!

    I am happy to announce I have recieved my official Letter of Completion from TPAPN.It was frustrating, humiliating and financially devastating but at long last it is over! Thank you to all who have provided me encouragement and emotional support. To ...
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    TPAPN friendly employers in Austin?

    I suggest that you apply at the local psychiatric hospitals. Home health is also TPAPN friendly but if you don't have experience there is a steep learning curve and it is a difficult way to earn a living. Once you are assigned an advocate, that perso...
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    Austin Area Support Group

    Hi Everyone, I am just wondering if there is interest in starting an informal recovering nurse support group in the Austin area. Maybe get together for coffee or a meal. PM me if interested. I am in my last year of TPAPN and I would have to say that ...
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    Home health has become too much!

    Does anyone know if it is legal in the state of Texas to withhold pay until documentation is complete? Is this a common practice?