might sound dumb, but pos drug screen ?? - page 2

Ok, I had a positive drug screen. . .taking Tyl#3 s/p wisdom teeth extraction. . . my screen was positive for codeine & morphine. . . Trying to remember but can't find anything in my books, is... Read More

  1. by   MandyInMS
    originally posted by rustyhammer
    my question is....why the drug screen?
    are these routine?
    we don't do them , we may not have any nurses left to work. hahaha.
    seriously we do them on hire but then thats it.
    -russell
    hahaha...i was thinking the same thing about not having any nurses left to work
  2. by   KaroSnowQueen
    When I took my drug screen for my present job, told them I had taken two Lortab the day before for a migraine, she told me it wouldn't even show up, that it would have to be a large amount for them to see it.??????????
    So was she placating me or what???? In any event, I got the job.
  3. by   Brownms46
    I and many traveling nurses have to do a drug screen before every assisgnment. When I worked for American Airlines they drug tested also. But then again...now just about any job out there drug tests. At least the ones my children where my children have worked.
  4. by   webbiedebbie
    Yep drug screening here too, but never heard of having the breathalizer!
  5. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Pre-employment drugscreens at all 3 nursing jobs so far (2 of them were rehabs - have to practice what you preach!).

    Each and every one of them made me nervous. I don't know why, but after about the second or third day I start freaking out about what kinds of seeds are on a big mac bun and whether or not Sudafed metabolizes into something that shows up on there!

    As for the drinking in the morning thing.... I've done 3 complete admissions at my new job. All of them before noon. All of them completely intoxicated.

    Heather
  6. by   PowerPuffGirl
    I'm a student and I just had to sign a paper last week acknowledging that I understand the drug testing policy.

    We have a mandatory drug screening for everyone before we start clinicals, and after that, random drug testings, where a computer will select 10% of the students. In addition, if there is suspicion, we can be asked on the spot to take a drug test.

    I know that with the drug testing, they split the urine into two batches, and test the first. If it comes back positive (or inconclusive), and we challenge the test, they send the second sample for more expensive, accurate testing.

    They gave us a range of threshold limits for various drugs, which I don't have with me, but can post later, if anyone is curious.

    Interestingly, a friend of mine attended this school last year, and in his class of 25, 4 people failed the initial, pre-clinicals drug screen, and were removed from the program.
  7. by   KRVRN
    I not sure why a Breathalyzer should matter... Alcohol is legal. Maybe it they are making someone do it on the spot during work or something.

    ??
  8. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER
    Pre-employment drugscreens at all 3 nursing jobs so far (2 of them were rehabs - have to practice what you preach!).

    Each and every one of them made me nervous. I don't know why, but after about the second or third day I start freaking out about what kinds of seeds are on a big mac bun and whether or not Sudafed metabolizes into something that shows up on there!

    As for the drinking in the morning thing.... I've done 3 complete admissions at my new job. All of them before noon. All of them completely intoxicated.

    Heather
    you were completely intoxicated while doing 3 complete admissions? and before noon??? you rock....better woman than i am....
  9. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by sunnygirl272
    you were completely intoxicated while doing 3 complete admissions? and before noon??? you rock....better woman than i am....


    Not me. The patients.
  10. by   shudokan-RN
    I want to work with Heather, but I dont like to drink before noon
  11. by   PowerPuffGirl
    I think I want to work with Heather, too, if that's the case!
  12. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by macox
    I want to work with Heather, but I dont like to drink before noon
    i don't like to, but i can learn to....
  13. by   altomga
    my hospital has it written down on the paperwork when you are hired that you can be submitted to random drug screens at anytime. Been there 5yrs and haven't had one yet. You can contact your manager or nurse coordinator if you suspect someone and they can take them right then for a "just cause" screen if they feel it is appropiate. But you never know. And with all the drugs that can cause false positives (sinus meds, cold meds, diet pills, etc..) everyone better make sure to tell the people EVERYTHING YOU TAKE including all OTC meds just to be on the safe side!!! When I looked up on a website what drugs could cause false positives I was actually amazed!

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