Patricia Holloran, RN, author of Impaired: A Nurse's Story of Addiction and Recovery, was first introduced to the narcotic Stadol when her doctor prescribed it for her migraines. Slowly she began to rely on the drug to calm the stressors from work as a labor and delivery nurse and from home with an ill father. Soon she was addicted.
June 28, 1996, her secret began to unravel. Hospital administrators accused of her of stealing the prescription from the facility where she worked. She soon lost her job and was brought before the state nursing board where she had to defend her nursing license and her future in the profession.
Along the journey to recovery, Holloran found support from her legal consultant, from confidants she made in Nurses for Nurses, a recovery support group in Connecticut, and in the trusting ear of a psychologist.
She also began to question how nurses view addiction. She writes, "I found myself becoming increasingly angry at the nursing profession, the profession I loved, the profession that prided itself in caring and compassion. This caring and compassionate profession treated its own like criminals and outcasts."
Holloran's path also led her to advocate for a change in the way the Department of Public Health disciplines healthcare professionals who are struggling with addictions. In 2007, she and others helped Connecticut pass the Public Act 07-103, which provides an alternative program for healthcare professionals who are under discipline by the state.
Join ADVANCE senior associate editor Stacey Miller when she interviews the author live in a special free Webinar discussion, Jan. 11 from 6-7 p.m. ET.
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March 3 ADVANCE Online Book Club will begin discussing our second selection of 2010, We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese by Elizabeth Norman, PhD, RN.
During World War II, American military nurses in the Philippines became prisoners of war in a Japanese internment camp. Elizabeth M. Norman, PhD, RN, a professor at New York University, presents their experiences.
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