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  1. DierkyBrewster

    Started ARNAP in February

    So, I got caught diverting narcotics at my job last year. Even got charges pressed against me for it which I’m still dealing with (court is in August). I got accepted to do the ARNAP program through my state board back in February. So far I have tested once a month. I missed a check in today... and I missed one the first or second week I was in the program. I have an awful memory and multiple alarms to try and remind me of all the things I’m required to do. 8 support meetings a month, that I’m required to document each time I go, regular therapy sessions (with documentation of them provided every 3 months), monthly personal reports to submit, random drug testing, daily check ins, and my license is still on a voluntary hold until my 90 days is up and they decide if they want to reinstate it or not. I have to do this for 3 YEARS. I know some have it worse, so I can’t complain too much. I’m mostly just irritated I can’t have a glass of wine a couple of times a week to relax with because apparently we can’t even drink alcohol! Even though my DOC was definitely not alcohol *eye roll*. For the most part I’m doing okay with the program. It’s just something that must be done if I want to be a nurse, and I truly do. I love nursing. And if I can complete this program, in 3 years I will have a clean license with no restrictions and no indication that this ever happened on my record. (My nursing record that is. I’m sure background checks will have a field day with me when I try to apply to jobs I’m the future... but that’s a hurdle to jump at a later time) Good luck to everyone in the same boat as me! I really hope we can all be successful!
  2. DierkyBrewster

    Finally found employment!

    I am on cloud 9! It’s been 6 months since I have held a position as an LPN. 6 months of mooching off friends and family to afford this damn program. Living with my sister and her family plus my own children in a small 3 bedroom house filed with 8 people! I got hired yesterday at a facility that was more than willing to look past my history and work with the ARNAP program I am enrolled into, and I am SO grateful. I don’t care if this is the most awful job on the planet (it sure doesn’t seem to be) I will go to work every single day with a smile on my face! The only thing I have anxiety about is my upcoming court date in August that may or may not end in a conviction for a felony that I hope doesn’t affect my license status (my case manager is hopeful for me, as is my lawyer). But I’m trying not to think of that right now, because I’m EMPLOYED! Just letting everyone know, you CAN find work while enrolled in this program, it may take a while and finding the right employer, but they are out there! Just be up front and honest in your interviews and let them know how worth it you will be to them in the end!
  3. DierkyBrewster

    Finally found employment!

    Most of the places I go to to drug test ask me “Is it observed?” And I usually just say yes. Sometimes they observe, sometimes they don’t. Either way we should probably be telling them it’s supposed to be an observed test.
  4. DierkyBrewster

    Scared, upset, ashamed

    I’ve been working as an LPN in LTC the last 5 years. I’m 28 years old, wife, mom of 2. Love LTC, love my residents, loved the job honestly. I have Rx’s for Tylenol 3 and norco, for chronic migraine. I have had these scripts for years, since probably 2010. Never abused them. Only took them as needed. That sort of changed last year when my mom got diagnosed with cancer.. I got very depressed and started self medicating. I started going through my Rxs quicker and quicker. Tolerance kept getting higher and higher. That’s when I started diverting at work. Don’t get me wrong, as scummy as I was/am, my residents still never went without. They got their scheduled narcs. They got their PRNs they requested. I was mostly just wasting meds and forging a 2nd nurses signature, signing out PRNs that weren’t asked for, when the page would get full and had to start a new page, would write in a number less than what was actually there and take the difference. This started probably around April if this year. My mom passed away last month and it sent me over the edge. I stopped being “careful” with my diverting, and basically just got desperate for more meds. This is ultimately what led to me getting caught. As soon as my administrator called and told me what they had discovered and that it would have to be reported, I called and spoke with a nursing attorney, who advised me to self report. He even called and spoke with the executive director of the state board on my behalf and helped me submit the self report form. He says this would be the best way to potentially keep my license without restrictions. He also advised me to start seeking out counseling or meetings to attend now so that it looks like I’m setting myself on the right path early on. I’m currently on day 7 of not taking any sort of opiate. I am just so, so scared. I had just found out this month that I got accepted to RN school starting in January, I feel like that is in the toilet now. I will never be able to work in LTC again. And I feel like I can’t show my face in my super small town ever again. The facility I worked for is a staple to my community. They are in attendance to any big event, and I feel like I can’t show my face around them due to all the shame I feel. So now my entire family will be suffering for this. All my previous coworkers already know everything, I guess administration told everyone. I’ve been getting “thoughts and prayers” messages from some and have even been blocked by a couple of them. I’m so scared the law will be involved and I will get arrested... I’ve been crying for 2 straight days. I don’t know what’s going to happen or what to expect. This is the absolute worst thing that has ever happened to me. I have officially hit rock bottom. Can anyone who has been in this situation please offer some support or advice? I feel like I’m drowning.
  5. DierkyBrewster

    Scared, upset, ashamed

    Wow.. I can only hope to get as lucky as you did. Thank you for the reply
  6. DierkyBrewster

    Taking a pay cut for my sanity?

    I am an fairly new LPN (graduated in 2014) who currently works in LTC. I have been at my facility for over 2 years and I make decent wages. $17.50 to be exact, and with the rotating 12 hour shifts ibalso get around 10 hours of overtime on each check. The money is great. But the hours, work, regulations, and upper management politics have stressed me to the max, causing major burn out. I'm on anti anxiety meds, BP meds, and the last couple of months my bosses have been on top of me over small errors (nothing threatening pts, mostly documentation related) and have put me on a 90 day probation period. I'm only 25 and I feel 55. I've been in LTC a total of over 5 years, -'d have missed so many holidays and family events I can't even keep up. I haven't been able to return to school to persue my RN because this job overwhelms my life. I'm supposed to work 6-6 but the majority of the time it ends up being 5:30-7 or 8pm. I'm just tired of it. Not one but two opportunities have came up for new jobs. Both of them are your typical 8-5, mon-fri jobs. One is in a Pharmacy, 0 direct care, mostly computer work and dealing with insurance. The other is a specialty clinic for geriatric pts. The hours are great, and NO holidays?? I have never had a job where I didn't have to come in on holidays. And I would be able to go back to school too. Both of them sound like great jobs, except I would be taking a major pay cut. I would only be making $13-14 an hour. Without my overtime that I'm used to. My husband works too, but makes even less than that. We relied a lot on my income. And while I know that we would be making enough for our bills to be paid, we won't have a lot of wiggle room whatsoever. I guess what I'm asking is if you were in my shoes, what would you do?
  7. DierkyBrewster

    Urine from drainage bag?

    I swear I have been taught before that you can collect a urine specimen for a UA from a drainage bag (urostomy) as long as the drainage bag is brand new, and only IF it is the very first urine obtained from this bag. Is that correct? Or are we not able to do that? Can it only be obtained by clamping/drawing through the tube?
  8. DierkyBrewster

    Urine from drainage bag?

    I was just curious, because to me it is almost no different than doing a clean catch sample. I had informed a family member that the R's UA came back abnormal and they were upset with me saying it was because I got the urine from the bag and "They had been trained on urostomies" and they KNOW that I can't get urine that way because the urine will always come back abnormal. I guess thats where that 3+ protein, 2+ blood, and Hi WBC count came from.

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