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Why is the general feel to this board that the Board of Nursing is 'out to get' us

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by RecoveryNurse2015 RecoveryNurse2015 (Member) Nurse

RecoveryNurse2015 has 15 years experience and works as a Nurse.

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I just sense a lot of resentment from many of the respondents on this board. The board of nursing is not in the business of snatching licenses away. I'm just wondering what everyone's situation was like as to cause you to become disgruntled with the monitoring program?

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Well.  With the *monitoring program* in my state, not the board as a whole, I have to say I can't be upset.  I self reported because I knew they would get the complaint about me.  I started an IOP and going to meetings.  I don't think what they decided was a punishment.  I could work anywhere I wanted, handle any drugs, work when I wanted.  I just had to do 5 years of monthly UAs, every 3 months report via email and 9 months in person.  I didn't even have to tell my employer I was in the program, just ask them if its okay if I work there (which they never said no to me).

Sooo... Nothing, I guess?  I screwed it up.  I started using again.  So they kicked me out.  What else would any expect?  The actual BON though as been horrible as even after I completed everything required I have waited almost a year for the public order to show up (long story).  And the BON has decided if my suspension will be lifted months ago, but won't tell me.

But with the program itself the only person I have to be mad at is myself. 🤣

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RecoveryNurse2015 has 15 years experience and works as a Nurse.

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I was told that our capital runs slowly and it's true. Took them a long time to decide to pull my license and just as long for me to get it back. I've never been treated unfairly though.

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I would agree with the monitoring program that I was never treated unfairly.  I have friends who had to take just as long to get their license back.  But they were also told if they would get it back and they seem to make up the rule of not saying as the go along.  Of all the things I could have a problem with its that. 

But, it's hard for me to be that mad about the situation lol.  I'm doing what I'm supposed to do in recovery for almost 3 years.

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Resentment is a hell of a drug.

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catsmeow1972 has 15 years experience as a BSN and works as a OR RN.

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My ‘resentment’ is not directed at the BON, so much as at the program. In my state, when any nurse presents with any concern, they are referred to the program. That is straight up simple. My problem is that the program seems to have no independent oversight and is basically allowed to do whatever they want. There is no real method of grievance filing should you disagree with something. In my state, the program is a for profit operation. Makes you wonder what the motives are? I don’t think it is advocacy for the nurse.

THe BON is simply an entity that works according to current legislation. And they do that. 

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6 minutes ago, catsmeow1972 said:

Makes you wonder what the motives are? I don’t think it is advocacy for the nurse.

THe BON is simply an entity that works according to current legislation. And they do that. 

I know in my state, the board and the monitoring program have one primary motive, to protect the public.

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catsmeow1972 has 15 years experience as a BSN and works as a OR RN.

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1 hour ago, chadprepton said:

I know in my state, the board and the monitoring program have one primary motive, to protect the public.

In mine, (this is my personal belief, so don’t anyone flame me over it) that “protecting the public” is the motive for the BON. The program...no so much.  What they claim to do and what they really do are 2 entirely separate things.

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16 minutes ago, catsmeow1972 said:

In mine, (this is my personal belief, so don’t anyone flame me over it) that “protecting the public” is the motive for the BON. The program...no so much.  What they claim to do and what they really do are 2 entirely separate things.

What do they claim to do and what do they really do?

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catsmeow1972 has 15 years experience as a BSN and works as a OR RN.

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My experience is that the program claims to “advocate for the impaired nurse.” The reality? Punishment, plain and simple. But they are so imbued with being able to do whatever without real oversight that none will ever admit it.

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2 minutes ago, catsmeow1972 said:

My experience is that the program claims to “advocate for the impaired nurse.” The reality? Punishment, plain and simple. But they are so imbued with being able to do whatever without real oversight that none will ever admit it.

My program has never once said this verbally or in writing to me.  The first time I met with them they clearly stated they are their to protect the public.  Do you have  “advocate for the impaired nurse" in writing?

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catsmeow1972 has 15 years experience as a BSN and works as a OR RN.

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It used to be part of the objective or mission statement or something. Of course, like much it has been changed. Semantics aside, if these things would just stop with the fuzzy language and actually adhere to their own contracts (like we are expected to) it would be possible to have a little less disrespect for the whole process.

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