Coming clean


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Abstract

I'm a former medical/surgical nurse; I say “former” because I got fired last month for absenteeism related to my recreational drug use. I never used drugs while I was working or stole from the narcotics cabinet, and substance abuse wasn't mentioned when I lost my job.Now I'm in an outpatient program for chemical dependency, and I'm turning my life around. The problem is I need to earn a living, and I want to return to nursing. But if I'm totally honest about my past, who'd take a chance and hire me? Should I just keep quiet about it?—C.D., ILL.

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