Quote from rivershark2005
I wasn't going to do this, but your last post spurred me on.
Actually, at some point, you ARE going to have to treat a pt as judgemental as us. And any pt that knows what they're doing will be able to tell you're a marijuana smoker just by the way you act. So, let's say you're treating a career cop. He's going to know you smoke and is going to call your supervisor to request he be given a new nurse. It only takes a few such requests for your supervisor to notice a pattern with you at the center. This will make you a target.
As far as describing yourself as an "avid user," perhaps this was a mistake on your part. Avid users are the people that are typically too stoned to truly function. You calling yourself such makes me wonder if you're actually going to be able to handle the stress of nursing school without going out to partake in your car during a break from class. Why do I say this? Seen it way too many times. I watched a current LPN student go out to her car to pop a Xanex because she flunked a test. What wasn't a big deal to anyone else pushed her into using when she still had class left.
In all honesty, I have no problem with medical marijuana. I voted for it in the election this year. I have a close friend that uses to ward off side effects of chemo. Helps him eat. My future mother-in-law uses for the same reason. My fiancÚ uses to gain appetite because of other reasons. I don't personally use, but I don't have a particular problem with it so long as the user is not directly responsible for keeping me alive. I'm sorry, but I don't want my doctor or nurse to be going home at night and smoking a bowl. Just not comfortable with that.
They will be able to tell I'm a marijuana smoker by the way I act... hmmm...? That has got to be one of the most ignorant things someone has said to me. So what will tip someone off? Me doing a good job? Me speaking? Me smiling? Because I can't think of ANYTHING that will tip off anyone that I use medicinal marijuana unless I come into work stoned which if you read above is something I'm against. Just like how you don't go to work drunk, or on Vicodin. If you read correctly I said I HOPE I don't have to care for a judgmental patient but odds are I will have to because that's the way the world works. No, saying I'm an avid user was not a mistake on MY part. All I did was come here and ask a question... not have to deal with statements that I could care less about. Who are you to tell me I might not be able to handle stress? Who are you to judge me and say I might go use in my car, like I'm some dope fiend, between classes? NO ONE! That's for sure. So THANKS for your uhh advice and stories or whatever you were trying to tell me but I think I'll just pretend I never read this and ignore your reply that you will most likely post.
PS. Just how you wouldn't want a marijuana user being your nurse, I wouldn't want a bipolar person on meds being MY nurse. To each their own, right?
Last edit by hellobunny on Dec 9, '12