First, BE MAD, not HURT!
Perhaps I can help a bit....I work in Occupational Health (not in a hospital), but processes are the same. A facility can do a "for cause" drug test any time they see a need. For cause means that someone, somewhere has identified behavior that they believe puts (whomever-patients, co-workers, the company) at risk. And that also means they have run it through the channels (meaning the Human Resource people) and notified them there may be a problem. They ask you, when they tell you that you will be drug tested, if you have any need to tell them anything. (According to the process, that gives you the chance to self-identify as needing to enter a treatment program. At this point, if people lie and do not self identify, then turn up positive, there is no other chance to enter treatment and remain employed.) That is the process, and that is how it is done. What is NOT done is for the manager to ask you if you take medications and if so, what for. They have just violated your civil rights. You not only need to be paid for the days that you were suspended, you need to seek legal advice (as mentioned above-a nurse attorney would be great). Your attorney should push for specifics re: the details of who saw you and what the behavior was that they were concerned about. Your personal medical information is YOUR personal medical info. Remember HIPAA? What ever you told her re: your personal medical information was documented somewhere and read by others! IF you had turned up positive on a drug screen, the MEDICAL REVIEW OFFICER (MRO) would have called you to speak with you re: any Rx medication, etc. That is the job of an MRO. It would have been at THAT time that you would have provided medical documentation from your MD to the MRO only. No other person would have known about anything related to your discussion or any info. provided to the MRO-it is strictly confidential. You need to tell your legal counsel that you were intimidated and felt pressured to tell your manager about details of your personal medical info that were none of her business. I agree that your career there is likely over. HOWEVER, I have seen managers go off half-cocked, thinking they can do this and that re: employees that are, for some reason, viewed as a problem. She will likely be disciplined (or at least I would hope so!) Because the breach of protocol here was so flagrant, it is possible that you can ask for a settlement because you feel that you were harrassed and no longer feel comfortable working around a bunch of people that reported you as having "altered behavior" or unsafe behavior, when there was no such incident. This is not intended to be legal advice, that needs to come from your legal counsel. However, drug testing policy and protocol is standard, and there can be no deviation from proper protocol. Good luck, and please update this posting so that we know what has happened to you. Begin searching out job opportunities at other hospitals right away!