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Marijuana and Nursing School

  1. 0 I'm sure there is a thread about this but I wanted to establish one specific to my situation.

    I am a 20 year old, second year nursing student in a highly competitive nursing program at a four-year private liberal arts college. I do not live on campus, I still live with each of my parents.

    I am sure this question will elicit judgemental comments from all walks of life but let me illuminate you on my character-

    I do not drink alcohol or party.
    I strictly am attending college to better my future and become qualified, you'll hardly catch me socializing. I am extremely school-oriented and maintain a 3.5 gpa.
    I study in my free time and work full time as well as attending school full time.

    but YES, on occasion I indulge in smoking marijuana for the calming effects it has on my situational anxiety and sleep issues.

    So here is my directive.
    Do nursing schools TYPICALLY drug test prior to clinicals and how severe are the consequenceswhen testing positive with marijuana?
  2. Visit  heather19 profile page

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  3. Visit  staffordrn12 profile page
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    One of my clinical sites asked for a drug test.
  4. Visit  Stephalump profile page
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    All of our sites require drug screens, so we're tested. If we fail it, we're kicked out of nursing school. Not to mention that ANY accident at our clinical site (as in, someone ran over your foot with a med cart) requires a drug screen.

    It isn't worth it. Once you're employed, you'll be subject to the same things, and you could lose your license. Not worth it at all.
    luckycharmSVN, KJDaRN81, BamaRN2004, and 10 others like this.
  5. Visit  RN9742 profile page
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    My school requires drug testing, because the clinical sites require it. If you fail you cannot work at those clinical sites and therefore cannot successfully complete the program, so you are removed. They do allow one retest in some circumstances. You can also be randomly tested at any point if it is suspected you are using any drugs.
  6. Visit  aTOMicTom profile page
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    You are rationalizing your use of a (controversial) prescription drug by your supposed need to self-medicate for your anxiety. Either hold off until you live in a state where an M.D. can prescribe it (off-label, at that) for anxiety, or you're toast.
    Do not self medicate - see a psychiatrist for your anxiety. Not medical advice, just common sense.
    phlebo2rn, S.G., RunnerRN2015, and 12 others like this.
  7. Visit  queserasera profile page
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    Regardless of my opinions for/against marijuana, in the situation of nursing student, unless you have a prescription, stop. Though IMO I think it's safer than most prescription drugs and alcohol, fact is, it is illegal in most states. Illegal drug use is generally not acceptable when it comes to being a student/ employee in the health care field.

    Every program I applied to explicitly state that they do drug test and if they don't their clinical sites do. I know if I were you I wouldn't want to risk all my hard work on getting stoned every once in awhile.

    If you have anxiety, see a licensed medical professional so they can come up with a drug intervention that works for you and isn't illegal.
    SoldierNurse22 and VivaLasViejas like this.
  8. Visit  Orizza profile page
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    If we failed our test to get into school... well, we don't get into school.
  9. Visit  KelRN215 profile page
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    You fail a drug test and you will be dismissed from the program. It doesn't matter why you use it and they won't even ask for an explanation.
  10. Visit  kjrobinetteSN profile page
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    Quote from KelRN215
    You fail a drug test and you will be dismissed from the program. It doesn't matter why you use it and they won't even ask for an explanation.
    And the odds of re-admission, even if you pop clean the next time will be slim to none!
  11. Visit  meanmaryjean profile page
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    Rationalize all you wish- you are using an illegal drug, and there are consequences to that behavior.

    You need to decide which is more important to you- the marijuana or the career.
    RunnerRN2015, Rose_Queen, amoLucia, and 5 others like this.
  12. Visit  Griffin123 profile page
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    Quote from aTOMicTom
    You are rationalizing your use of a (controversial) prescription drug by your supposed need to self-medicate for your anxiety. Either hold off until you live in a state where an M.D. can prescribe it (off-label, at that) for anxiety, or you're toast.
    Do not self medicate - see a psychiatrist for your anxiety. Not medical advice, just common sense.
    This pretty much says everything I was going to say. See a doc. You're not the first person in the nation with anxiety or sleep issues. Chances are excellent they'll have something for you other than a drug that will get you kicked out of nursing school.
  13. Visit  akulahawkRN profile page
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    All of the programs in my area test for drugs. I've been in a nursing program for a while now and I've not been retested. That certainly could change at any time. Regardless of whether or not Marijuana is considered "legal" in your state, remember that it's Federally a Schedule I drug and possession is still not legal under Federal Law. Unless that changes too, drug tests for employment will include Marijuana as well. Even then, employers can still deny employment to people that test positive for it.

    My suggestion is very simple. Stop using Marijuana for any reason. You test positive, you will be denied entry to nursing school. You get caught during school, you'll be bounced out and you can only hope to be allowed to re-enter the program. Once you're admitted into the program, you absolutely must tell your instructors and work with the program to find something that will help keep your anxiety under control that will not hamper your ability to remain in the program and successfully complete it. You are not the first, nor the last, person with anxiety issues that wants to get into nursing school and become a nurse.
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  14. Visit  ArrowRN profile page
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    Quote from heather19
    I strictly am attending college to better my future and become qualified
    Based on those statements you should be asking yourself what type of future do you want. I've known quite a lot people who were into marijuana, back in my old days of clubbing, I myself never had. But its a whole culture around it has it negative connotations primarily because it's illegal. Forget about what nursing school thinks, fact is, its a introductory drug. Yeah you may tell yourself you will never go into more heavy stuff but when you read about intelligent nurses stealing narcotics and destroying themselves what do you think? Get yourself help before its too late.
    Find alternative ways to deal with your anxiety and other issues.
    Even if you are not drug tested, I'm so familiar with the smell of marijuana I could tell from a mile away if someone had some.It stays in your clothes, bag and personal belongings. Trust me, your instructors have "been around the block" they will find out sooner or later. Like all nursing schools know the penalty is dismissal from the program and possibility of being barred from other programs because it will go on your permanent record at the nursing school. Not to mention criminal charges you may face because they will report it to the authorities. Unless you in a state that has it legal for medicinal purposes, they will kick you out. My school does test only when first entering the program. Recently they've been talking about random testing.
    Madras, SoldierNurse22, KelRN215, and 1 other like this.


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