I was in my states monitoring program for 3 years. I can't speak for anyone else but for me, yes it was 100% worth it for several reasons.
1. I love being a nurse, I love my job. I can't imagine doing anything else.
2. I'm not trained to do anything else. I've been in healthcare since I was 19. I've been going to work in scrubs for over 20 years!
3. My job allows me to live comfortably and I would like to continue to do just that. I can't think of one thing I could do that I wouldn't need to go back to school for and make what I currently make a year. I have zero desire to ever go back to school.
It is costly but doable. I cleaned houses my first 9 months in and I managed to get by. IOP was 12 weeks long and based on a sliding scale. Testing was $75 and I tested 2 times, sometimes 3 times a month. So, I was paying about $450 a month for the first 6 months, then about $150-$225 a month after that. Each state is different but I would still do what I had to do. I did some stupid things and put my license in jeopardy and I felt lucky to be given another chance to redeem myself.