Posted by Phillipa on May 4, 2011, at 19:48:33
In reply to Re: School and psychiatric illness, posted by SLS on May 3, 2011, at 23:32:00
SLS read the article. There are those organizations for docs and nurses as well. Some and will speak of RN's only are discovered abusing drugs or diverting them and go before a state Nursing Board who may revoke their license for a period of time or put restrictions on what meds they can dispense to patients controlled meds no for a period of time while they go though a program designed for medical professions and at completion go back to work some still can't dispense controlled substances for a period of time. I worked with one RN instructor that was in said program and succeeded and when back to teaching, My own boss in psych lost his license twice for narcotic and alchohol abuse. When he returned we just helped him out. Interestingly these RN's were given Supervisory jobs and not penalized after completing the programs. A similar one is available for Docs also. I heard dentists had the highest suicide rate of medical professionals. When working estimately more than half the RN staff was on some sort of med for depression or anxiety. Just my experience. When I myself made my first med error ever and took narcotic keys home by mistake I stopped workining and went on disability as I thought too much of my patients to think I could be a risk to their healthcare. I'm just happy that I did have 15 years of charge nurse experience the highlight of my life for sure as never thought I could do it. And I did. For that I'm grateful. During Nursing school since had anxiety my pdoc said I shouldn't do it but I wanted to and did it graduating magna c*m laude. With scholarships for last year of RN School. Phillipa ps in no way am I even suggesting you made the wrong decision for you as we are all different and we should know our limits.