Nurses who smoke marijuana
- 6Oct 17, '08 by e4c5I believe it is no employers business with what I do after work OFF duty. I have the right to smoke a joint if I want to. I'm a responsible adult MJ smoker and would never come into work stoned. Ever. I don't do any other drugs, drink alcohol, or smoke cigarettes. I do a great job, love my patients, always arrive to work on time, do what I'm supposed to do as a health professional.
Testing positive for a drug does not suggest impairment. I think we can all agree on that fact.
Tip for other MJ smokers:
From what I understand it is better to refuse to take a drug test knowing you will test positive than actually take the test; because your license could be revoked.
Drug testing is a clear violation of our 4th amendment rights.
Am I for drug tests? Absolutely. Pre-employment and poor job performance. Random? No way.
- 1Oct 17, '08 by RhodyGirl, RNI really see no issue with drug tests, randomized or not. If it prevents healthcare workers from treating and caring for patients while under any influence....then I don't see why it should be a problem. I commend you for being responsible with the drug, but honestly, some people may not be. Just my opinion, though.
- 21Oct 17, '08 by NeveranurseagainMarijuana has long been used to self medicate as well treat a variety of issues. It has the ability to help you unwind and relax--similar to ETOH. But it doesn't have the overdosage problem like ETOH. When was the last time you saw someone who beat their wife after smoking a joint--I never have. It is less dangerous than ETOH, but illegal.
The push behind keeping marijuana illegal is the drug companies. The last thing they want is competition for a medication that is cheap to produce, treats a variety of illnesses/issues and works with minimal side effects.
There will be a day when this drug is available without the being illegal. The world will be a better place to live. IMHO, make ETOH illegal and make marijuana legal.
Drug testing has gone overboard and does infringe on our civil rights.
That being said, I don't use marijuana and can pass a drug test with no problem. But I do feel for others who can't.Last edit by Neveranurseagain on Oct 17, '08
- 0Oct 17, '08 by soulofmeI remember when I applied for my CA lic., they had if you had been busted for pot over 2 years prior don't disclose it...but for any other offense...they wanted to know about...didn't make sense to me... an arrest is an arrest...& pot is illegal! I don't care if someone wants to smoke it on their off time...go for it...as long as you're ok at work...but it wouldn't be worth my losing my license....
- 24Oct 17, '08 by Spidey's mom, ADN, BSN, RN GuideQuote from e4c5Nurses can drink alcohol off duty. Why is that okay but marijuana is not?
Ummmm . . . . it is ILLEGAL? (DUH).
If a nurse chooses to do something illegal, that says something about the nurse's judgment.
If you want to make it legal, then work for that goal and wait until it happens to smoke it legally.
Otherwise, you are making a decision that many consider a serious lack of judgment.