Impaired: A Nurse's Story of Addiction and Recovery [NOOK Book]

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On June 28, 1996, Patricia Holloran’s life changed forever when Drug Control confronted her for the theft of narcotics from the hospital where she worked. So begins a journey that will change everything about what she knows about herself and the world of addiction. As a nurse in a labor and delivery unit, Holloran was working full time on the night shift and taking care of her three children, her husband, and her severely disabled father. She started to take Stadol, a narcotic ten times stronger than morphine, to...
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Impaired: A Nurse's Story of Addiction and Recovery

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Overview

On June 28, 1996, Patricia Holloran’s life changed forever when Drug Control confronted her for the theft of narcotics from the hospital where she worked. So begins a journey that will change everything about what she knows about herself and the world of addiction. As a nurse in a labor and delivery unit, Holloran was working full time on the night shift and taking care of her three children, her husband, and her severely disabled father. She started to take Stadol, a narcotic ten times stronger than morphine, to help her sleep. She kept taking it because she could not stop. Putting a face on addiction and recovery, and the taboo subject of healthcare worker abuse, Impaired takes readers on Holloran’s journey to fight for her sobriety, her nursing license, her marriage, and ultimately, to help other nurses and healthcare workers who suffer from addiction.
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Publishers Weekly
Though Holloran's memoir may read familiar for anyone with an addiction memoir under his belt, what makes her story unique is her insider's view of the health care and recovery fields. A nurse suffering an addiction to Stadol, a little known painkiller, Holloran kept her addiction a secret from everyone-even from her husband-while stealing from the hospital where she worked, moving on to abuse prescription nasal spray, and later to shooting illicit drugs. Confronted by the Health Department's Drug Control agents, Holloran buckled, joined rehab and a support group called Nurses for Nurses, and began the arduous process of fighting to hold her life and career together. A poignant rendition of the addiction-recovery narrative, Holloran's most important work exposes the failure of the U.S. health care system to protect even its own. Though little here will surprise (as addiction behavior goes, hers was fairly tame), readers will respond to Holloran's honest, personal, unexpectedly complex tour of the U.S. health and rehab industries.
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A devoted R.N., Holloran began stealing Stadol from her hospital during a stressful period in her life. Her world was upended when hospital administrators confronted her about the thefts. Fortunately, a stint in drug counseling was successful, and the author went on to advise nursing students and nurses about the pernicious dangers of addiction. A cautionary tale for medical professionals.
—Lynne Maxwell

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607144144
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/5/2009
  • Sold by: Kaplan, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 369,109
  • File size: 660 KB

Meet the Author

Patricia Holloran, RN, has been a nurse for more than 30 years. She has served as Chairperson of the Recovering Nurse Community of Connecticut, a committee that oversees the anonymous support group, Nurses for Nurses. She speaks regularly about issues of addiction as a guest lecturer for various levels of nursing education and at conventions. She lives with her husband in Connecticut, and has three grown sons.
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  • Posted March 31, 2011

    excellent read, but a bit too religious for my personal taste

    the author is very serious about her recovery and that is very important in giving people who are perfectionists by nature. my main problem was the religiousness of the book. healthcare providers are more likely than most other people to be agnostic and athiest. i am glad for the author that her deep relationship with god has helped her so much in her recovery, but i am afraid that parts of the learning material about addiction was overshadowed by the religious aspects of the book. to be honest, i almost felt as if recovery is an either/or success based on your ability to believe in god. that being said, i want to thank the author for her honesty regarding a subject that is very important and has the ability to save lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    God bless you.

    Being an ICU nurse myself, I could see how easily it would be to become addicted, although I myself am not. I appreciate Patty's honesty and story and utter surprise that Stadol wasn't a controlled substance drug. I personally witnessed a friend of mine in labor who received a dose of Stadol, & she hallucinated from it & was seriously goofy for a few hours.

    As to Patty's faith in God, & the previous person's remark about this, I do not believe that a majority of our profession is either agnostic or atheist. I just think that for some, they have lost their faith, & just feel that they are "realists." I believe that we all can use a little faith in God, & some people just need to reach a "breaking point" to come back to that faith.

    Thank you Patty for your courage to tell the masses your story, & most especially your courage to talk, as a nurse. God bless you in your journey!

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