hello there everyone! i have been an avid reader here on allnurses and i find so many answers to all of the questions that i have had, that i must post a question i've been dying to ask, and couldn't find the answer to anywhere. I know there are a couple of posts similar to what i'm about to ask, but none of the responses have been that helpful.
i am an LVN in the state of CA and i have been working for close to a year now. I'm really super interested in applying for a state prison job near my place in chino hills, and have been putting forth a lot of consideration, yet i fear that their background check might be too thorough. I had a misdemeanor that was expunged by the time i was 18 ( this happened when I was 17 ). It was for something really really dumb and I have regret it ever since
I have had no problems applying for other jobs but when it comes to state/federal/government related jobs, i fear that they will still be able to see my file and have that nasty misdemeanor looming over my head. I'm also trying to figure out how the drug testing work--whether it will be on the spot/random/or once i get the interview. I have heard from a few people that the interview process is not as tough as the hospitals, however its really mixed in reviews depending on the different states. The reason for my concerns with the drug test is that (although I don't really like to admit it) i have had really poor appetite and insomnia (so bad to the point where people thought i looked malnourished and sick everywhere i go), and had my physician of over 10 years to refer me to legally use medicinal marijuana. i DO NOT use it during work or during the daytime. I usually use it before i go to bed just to help me knock out. I have stopped a little over two months ago, and am worried that this will be an issue when it comes to passing the drug test
so for all you nurses out there int he state of ca, please just fill me in on your experiences with working in the state prisons/ the process leading to landing the interview.
and please do not comment only to slam me for my use of medical marijuana--i'm not some schmo abusing my body by taking "drugs". i'm trying to use the remedy that's best for me, and that I accept. thanks again, i really hope to hear from any of ya'll soon!!
much love&appreciation to those of you that do respond.