Stories…

I thought I would give a few examples of nurses in similar situations to mine lest you think I am the only one. It is alarmingly common these days to hear these stories. Are there more of us or are they getting better at catching us? Probably both…

http://www.nursingcenter.com/journalarticle?Article_ID=483239

http://www.newsleader.com/story/news/local/2014/12/05/addicted-nurses-executive-summary/19943561/

http://www.cracked.com/personal-experiences-1382-5-terrifying-things-i-learned-as-drug-addicted-nurse.html

http://kfor.com/2014/06/17/nurse-arrested-for-stealing-drugs-from-hospice-patient/

And specifically in Wisconsin…

http://fox6now.com/2015/05/14/i-need-to-wean-myself-off-childrens-hospital-nurse-in-hot-water-after-stealing-prescription-painkillers/

http://www.weau.com/home/headlines/Nurse-accused-of-stealing-prescription-medication-322411301.html

http://www.nbc15.com/news/headlines/Former-UW-Hospital-nurse-accused-of-taking-morphine-263059741.html

http://www.waow.com/story/14031793/copy-wis-nurse-accused-of-stealing-drugs-in-Minnesota

Well the list goes on and on. These are just a few of the articles I found by doing a simple Google search. What does this tell us? How do we stop it? What do we do?

Next week I’ll tell you what I think about that. Have a great week.

About the Author

Kristin Waite-Labott is a registered nurse and recovering addict who has firsthand experience with the challenges of addiction. She now works as the Head Nurse Coach at Veritus, a virtual treatment program for nurses with substance use and mental health disorders, and is dedicated to helping nurses overcome addiction and making a difference in the lives of others. Kristin is passionate about addressing the growing problem of addiction among healthcare professionals and encourages open discussions and action to prevent it from spreading further.

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