I am a twenty year old planning on graduating with my RN/BSN next May!
I have a tricky question, and I'm hoping someone can help me answering, preferably someone that takes medication for ADD/ADHD or know someone who does.
After struggling for years wit attention issues, I was finally diagnosed a few months ago with mild attention deficits and have been placed on Adderall 20mg qday. Today, I found out that I got the dream summer externship of a lifetime: An extern in the ER in a hospital close to home. I am overjoyed!
I am nervous however, because they called me today asking if I would take a drug test tomorrow (blood or urine, not sure) I take my prescription responsibly, and met with my psychiatrist and he even wrote a note to the drug testing people saying he prescribed me a stimulant that would show up on a drug test. So I am planning on bringing that along with my prescription bottle tomorrow.
My question is, do hospitals not hire nurses/employees that take medication for ADD/ADHD? I know for most jobs it wouldn't be a problem, I was just concerned since Adderall is a stimulant/controlled substance, I'm a little worried they will decide to un-hire me if they find out I take Adderall
This is my dream job and I don't want medication I take to keep me from thriving! Please someone help me out and assure me that it won't be a problem! Any advice would be WONDERFUL!