Nurses who smoke marijuana

  1. 6 I 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.
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  3. Visit  RhodyGirl, RN profile page
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    Seriously....?
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  4. Visit  mondkmondk profile page
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    Interesting.

    I mean, interesting to see how others here respond to this.

    Blessings, Michelle
  5. Visit  e4c5 profile page
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    Quote from RhodyGirl-SN
    Seriously....?
    Nurses can drink alcohol off duty. Why is that okay but marijuana is not?

    What about those people who are MJ patients?
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  6. Visit  barbyann profile page
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    I also do not agree with drug testing. I just don't feel as strongly as you do about it. I refrain because I want to keep my career.

    I am also planning my retirement and I am budgeting in MJ.
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  7. Visit  RhodyGirl, RN profile page
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    I 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.
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  8. Visit  bluebullett2002 profile page
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    i am with you!!!!!! but i don't think anything will change anytime soon with the health care field or any other field drug testing is everywhere
  9. Visit  Neveranurseagain profile page
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    Marijuana 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
  10. Visit  soulofme profile page
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    I 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....
  11. Visit  Spidey's mom profile page
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    Quote from e4c5
    Nurses 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.

    steph
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  12. Visit  Bobylon profile page
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    Quote from e4c5
    I have the right to smoke a joint if I want to.
    Ummmm, dunno where you live, but in my state, it's not a right, it's illegal....
    Nurses can drink alcohol off duty. Why is that okay but marijuana is not?
    Again, it's an illegal drug at the moment, and alcohol is not ..... although, for all the misery alcohol has and does cause in this world, perhaps it should be. I'm not condemning mj use (been there, done that) but just stating the obvious....it's illegal, and a drug screen cannot determine if you are under the influence or whether you smoked a joint weeks ago at home, unfortunately. Positive is positive, whether you're high or not. Perhaps one day a better test will come along....who knows ???
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  13. Visit  e4c5 profile page
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    Quote from RhodyGirl-SN
    I 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.
    If you test positive for marijuana it does not actually mean you're currently under the influence of the drug. I could smoke a joint on my day off, take a urine test 2 weeks later, and fail the test. Was I still stoned 2 weeks later? Absolutely not. That's the problem: Drug testing hurts ultimately marijuana smokers the most.

    You can do some awfully hardcore drugs and virtually pass any random test because they're out of your system in a matter of days. That is the problem.
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  14. Visit  RockyCreek profile page
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    "Research has shown that marijuana’s adverse impact on learning and memory can last for days or weeks after the acute effects of the drug wear off. As a result, someone who smokes marijuana every day may be functioning at a suboptimal intellectual level all of the time."

    Pope HG, Gruber AJ, Hudson JI, Huestis MA, Yurgelun-Todd D. Neuropsychological performance in long-term cannabis users. Arch Gen Psychiatry 58(10):909–915, 2001.
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