URGENT question about pot smoking please read!

  1. 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. harmless, we BARELY do it, maybe a few times a year. BUT, I'm worried that perhaps I'll get screened and be denied into the program or something....

    I don't have a criminal record, or anything like that. I'm just wondering if smoking pot could get you a denial into the course.
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  2. 75 Comments

  3. by   twarlik
    Well, I would suggest that you stop smoking it. It is supposedly detectable in your urine for up to 5 weeks. If you haven't smoked in awhile, then don't worry. If you do smoke and then you have to take a test shortly after, there are many products available that help to flush out your system. They work really well.

    As for this causing your dismissal from the program...I would say that if they're giving you a drug test than they don't want you doing drugs. A positive test would not be a good thing. I don't believe my program does drug tests (at least they haven't told us they do). Perhaps some other folks could give you an idea on how frequent this sort of thing comes up.
  4. by   DMR1
    thanks for the reply.

    I'm just wondering because we're suppose to get together tonight and do some, but I'm a little freaked that I'll get in trouble for it while in the program.

    I'm responsible, reliable, a very good person (or so I've been told lol) and smoking pot in no way 'describes' a person or their habits.

    It's just like drinking. They shouldn't kick you out if you drink....

    So...I'm rather undecided about whether I should do it or not tonight. I haven't heard anything about drug tests, and I'm sure if there were any, we students would probably be made aware of it.

    Thanks to anyone else who can contribute
  5. by   memphispanda
    The fact is it's illegal to smoke pot whether anyone thinks it should be or not. My school would kick you out in a heartbeat.

    Don't use it if you are really interested in being in nursing school or being a nurse.
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    All schools around here would permanently bar a positive tester permanently, for use of an illegal substance.
  7. by   moonshadeau
    Reality Check!

    Don't you think that if you are concerned about "getting caught" that you shouldn't be doing it?

    It is not like drinking. Last time I checked drinking was legal and smoking pot is still an illegal substance.

    I wouldn't stake your career on not getting caught. Nursing school and/ or future employers can make your life very hard for you if you are ever caught.

    Hope that you make the best choice for you and your priorities.
  8. 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.
  9. by   MandyInMS
    We did drug screens on each other during school as practice collecting specimens..it wasn't anounced, just good morning..today we will be drug testing each other...Pretty much any nursing job you may take in the future requires a drug screen...so, it'd be a good idea to go ahead and dump the dope.
  10. by   SharonH, RN
    When I was in undergrad from 87-91, they did not do it and they didn't do it when I started graduate school either. Most of the nursing jobs that I have had did not do it either, although some do.
  11. by   SharonH, RN
    Originally posted by DMR1

    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.
    If it's going to be decriminalized, then what is the fine for? Just curious.
  12. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    My school, you sign a consent form to "have the bag thrown" at anytime.

    This means:
    1) They reserve the right to hand you the cup and say "now, please"

    2) They are permitted to get hair samples to test as well


    Since i will also be doing my clinicals at the same hospital i work at now, they reserve the right to random test me as a student, and as an employee, by hair or urine.

    Not to mention the LTC place i do part-time work at random tests as well.

    Even if i weren't tested at the rate i am (hey i'm GOOD at hitting that cup now!! ) i still wouldn't even attempt it. The consequences aren't even worth the risk. :stone
  13. by   DMR1
    Originally posted by SharonMH31
    If it's going to be decriminalized, then what is the fine for? Just curious.
    The government of Canada is taking a 'new' approach at 'fighting' drug use, but it's not going to work.

    Pot is going to be decriminalized, meaning it's not a criminal offense to smoke pot. As I understand it, you won't even have a criminal record if you're caught smoking it.

    They are fining people to 'discourage' use, but it seems like the government is taking one step forward and two steps back with this new policy.
  14. by   EmeraldNYL
    Originally posted by DMR1
    I'm responsible, reliable, a very good person (or so I've been told lol) and smoking pot in no way 'describes' a person or their habits.

    It's just like drinking. They shouldn't kick you out if you drink....

    So...I'm rather undecided about whether I should do it or not tonight.
    DMR1, I agree with you-- I have read studies comparing the safety of pot with alcohol. Many people die each year from alcohol overdoses, however I don't know of anyone who has died from a pot overdose. I also believe that a person's personal life is just that-- personal, and feel that in most cases drug tests are an invasion of privacy (except for when you have a job that entails being responsible for the lives of others, like a nurse). However, even though I think pot should be legalized (you may want to do a search, there was a thread on this awhile back), the fact of the matter is it is NOT legal yet. Is having some fun with your friends worth possibly getting kicked out of your nursing school and ruining your career? I think not.....

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