You are obviously a very caring, GREAT RN and I "feel for you" as a health professional (DVM, PHD) myself, turned paramedic/RN (long story but love RN!)<quoted text>
So very true I have a big scarlet letter on me. The worst thing for me is that everything stops for me and I am just lost and at a loss because I so wanted to become a sexual assault nurse examiner and forensic nurse. I really am passionate about it because I am a rape survivor and I had so much to offer those victims because I could look them in the eye and say I do understand I know exactly what your feeling because I've been there. Now that is gone and I am having a hard time dealing with the fact that I am now nothing more than an over educated housewife. It is just so unbelievable how a small group of appointed power hungry pencil pushers have the power to decide your life as you know it and had it planned is over. They have to damn much power especially since they answer to no one.
And where does that leave us. There are support groups for nurses in recovery and I think it is great that people are taking advantage of the opportunity to get clean and sober and I give them all the credit they deserve, but what about those of us who did not have any substance problems, who didn't divert narcotics whose sanction had nothing to do with substance abuse or criminal activity. People see your license has been disciplined and they just assume the worst and that your more trouble to them than your worth or your a liability. Where do we turn to.
From my experience with colleagues (I was faculty of med school and knew many MDs and RNs with all kinds of issues) is to get an attorney who does nothing but represent RNs- in Ohio, Mary and TOdd Collis, are the best. You have many courses of appeal; again, I am not a JD (lawyer) BUT you must "fight back"! Just "taking sanctions, without countersuits (defamation of character, lost wages, mental anguish) always "Demands" legal attention of board; and law schools are best source of "pro bono" work by 3rd year law students, signed off on by JD professors-for credit, no cost to you; you are innocent, I can "feel it"; and please contact me if I can lend a hand!
Unfortunately, I have a former friend in Ohio who has 2 duis in 2012, last one .24, and sees no need to change behavior, this appalls me, for any citizen and especially a health professional.
You "hang in there"! your biggest issue, I think, is waiting; time is NOT ON YOUR SIDE; fight it, inactivity is "admitting guilt"!
GOd's grace and peace to you!
john moyers, dvm, phd, ma, ms, ba, bs, emt-b, emt-paramedic, RN/CC