Nursing Under the Influence

Posted by Travel Nurse Aim on November 10, 2011 in Travel Nursing |

One of the nurses I’ve been working with suddenly stopped showing up for her shift at work. I found out today that she has been stealing Morphine from patients and was shooting-up in the bathroom. Reminds me of an episode of the Mentalist I watched a few months ago. Wow! I was totally shocked. And saddened. It’s scary to think that there are nurses out there taking care of patients while they are “high.”

This incident reminded me of a time when I was working in a Progressive Care Unit on twelve hour days shifts a number of years ago. One morning when I arrived I sat down to receive report from the night shift nurse. She started out talking about her patients, but after a few minutes she was mumbling something about living in a tent, smoking marijuana, and bizarre dreams she had been having. She nearly fell asleep right there during report!

I had no choice but to report the incident to our head nurse. She was soon thereafter fired. Of all people, nurses should be the healthiest. If these nurses remind you of yourself, get help now before you seriously harm yourself, or worse, someone else.

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