URGENT question about pot smoking please read! - page 3

Hey everyone I am starting nursing school in two weeks, and I was wondering if they do drug tests before or during the courses. On occasion, some of my friends and I may smoke up for a bit. ... Read More

  1. by   twarlik
    Originally posted by Rustyhammer
    Yeah, yeah, yeah!
    It's illegal and they might test you.
    One time a employer told me they were going to test me for drugs and I told them, "I smoke pot!" They waived the test and hired me anyway.
    What I didn't tell them was that it had been 2 years since my last toke.
    Once an employer sent out a memo with checks stating that signing this memo would give the administration the right to drug test employees at anytime and also the right to search their cars in the parking lot. I refused to sign stating I felt this was illegal as it was not a condition of my hire. They threatened to terminate me but a majority of the staff also refused to sign and rather than risk having no staff they dropped it.
    As to would you want a pilot or MD or nurse treating you after smoking the night before....chances are that has already happened. Pot has become the acceptable drug of choice for most professionals, even above drinking. Yes you are impaired while you are partaking but there is no "hangover" or the same residual effects as alcohol.
    I very rarely smoke anymore but if the mood strikes I may choose to do so. My time, my choice.
    -Russell
    Russel, you kick ass. Anyone who can be that up front with their employer is pretty cool in my book.
  2. by   foreverhope
    I am going to attend school in Waco, Texas. I know that they test on a regular basis for illeagal drugs. If you really want to go to nursing school and work as a nurse thereafter, you may consider quiting permenently. I wouldn't take the chance!!!
  3. by   neneRN
    We had to be drug tested prior to entering the nursing program. The school sent us a letter close to the start of orientation, and a drug test had to be completed within 7 days of receipt of the letter. Once a semester, some students were randomly tested (An instructor would pick 2 or 3 letters of the alphabet out of a hat, and if your last name started with that letter, you were tested)
  4. by   Eddye
    you guys and gals are all CRAZY!!! no schools in the COUNTRY test for illegal drug use. as for that matter, no hospitals or other employers do either. so go ahead, fire it up!! recreational drug use IS important and you only live once right?! besides, on the OFF chance that one day (in the EXTREMELY distant future) if they do decide to test, they will only put you on probation anyways, IF they even catch you (big if there). GOOD LUCK IN SCHOOL! btw, if you dont get caught, please dont show up to work if anyone i know has to be admitted to your hospital. thanks! best of luck to ya! ciao.
  5. by   debralynn
    My school tested you. In fact we have a student this year, that 2 years prior, she got kicked out of the program for smoking pot. When we went on a school trip, even though we were adults and on our own after the seminar, we knew that if we drank, our instructors could at anytime do a drug screen on us. I agree with alot of the other posts! Why do it?
    Grow up!
  6. by   Todd SPN
    While I feel that drug testing should not be an employers right, I do believe that since you are going into a nursing program you should start acting like a professional nurse.
  7. by   twarlik
    Originally posted by debralynn
    My school tested you. In fact we have a student this year, that 2 years prior, she got kicked out of the program for smoking pot. When we went on a school trip, even though we were adults and on our own after the seminar, we knew that if we drank, our instructors could at anytime do a drug screen on us. I agree with alot of the other posts! Why do it?
    Grow up!
    Wait, are you telling us that they were testing you for alcohol use?
  8. by   purplemania
    It is already interfering with your career, simply because of its presence and your inability to stop. You are going to have to decide what you want the most- a life or pot.
  9. by   OC_An Khe
    Most if not all employers will test for drugs as a condition of employment. Sooner or later the smoke must go or you are just wasting your time in school.
  10. by   hobbes
    Originally posted by DMR1
    well thanks for posting your opinions on this matter, but it still doesnt' answer my question.

    Do any schools test for this? I've never heard of schools doing this.

    and also, I live in Canada, and pot will be decriminalized soon, which means you will only recieve a small fine. it won't be a criminal offense.
    Dude,

    While I'm not familiar with the laws is Canada, I think you need to step back at take a look at the bigger picture. Like it or not, smoking pot is going to cause others to seriously question your judgement. While you may not get kicked out if its found out, it will probably have a lasting impression on whomever finds out which may negatively affect you down the road. I don't think you want an indiscretion like that following you around for years to come. Just play it safe and don't do it.
  11. by   geekgolightly
    Originally posted by Eddye
    you guys and gals are all CRAZY!!! as for that matter, no hospitals or other employers do either. so go ahead, fire it up!! .
    um what?

    here in houston texas, i was tested for illegal drug use at my job. no if's and's or but's about it.
  12. by   Cassiggity
    I think Eddye was being sarcastic.

    I won't share my opinion on how stupid it is to live your life impaired by drugs, or how drugs can make you make bad decisions.

    The point is, it is illegal. If you are in a position to take care of others and guide them on making healthy decisions, it it hypocritical to then go home and get high.

    Nursing is stressful and emotionally taxing. I'm sure every nurse would love to toke up and forget the problems of the day. But they don't. They are brave and thick-skinned and that's what makes them nurses.

    I would not want a pothead nurse taking care of me any more than I'd want an alcoholic nurse. Someone that unstable shouldn't take care of others, in my opinion.

    I guess I, personally, hold nursing and nurses to a higher standard than other jobs. I think nurses dispense health care and advice and should make great lengths to live a healthy lifestyle.

    God, I'm such an idealist.
  13. by   VickyRN
    This shouldn't even be an issue. You should not even be thinking about smoking marijuana if you are going be a nurse.

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