Random drug tests in nursing school?!

  1. Just out of pure curiosity how many of you have underwent a random drug test during your program? Do these happen a lot? Or only when a student is being suspicious? I'm aware of the annual drug screening but not the random ones. Any insight please!!
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  3. by   nurseprnRN
    Random ones are better, since you can't prepare for them by abstaining ahead of a known date. Many programs (not just nursing, but also employment settings) that require drug screens make them random for this reason.
  4. by   Fireman767
    We had ours set up by the school, and we were informed the day before. I do know one student who was drug tested because she exhibited suspicious activities to the instructor. She was found to be on pain killers due to a leg problem (glad they screened her!)
  5. by   springchick1
    Totally random. They showed up at our class last night actually.
  6. by   loriangel14
    I had none at all during school and only one test before starting my job 6 years ago.
  7. by   springchick1
    Quote from loriangel14
    I had none at all during school and only one test before starting my job 6 years ago.
    We have one as part of our preemployment physical, random if thy feel it is warranted, or of we get injured on the job.
  8. by   Mewsin
    None. I have never had a drug test for a job or for school.
  9. by   zoe92
    I have to take one in July before school starts. Once we start in the fall, I don't know what will happen. I think random are best. I have heard of people going through extreme measures to not get caught.
    One acquaintance I know who is a CNA somehow purchased clean urine online to take to her drug test so she would have no traces of marijuana in her system. Completely ridiculous.
  10. by   SilleLu
    I had a pre-nursing student ask me this in the hallway last semester. My answer: "umm, don't do drugs and you won't have to worry about it"
  11. by   Esme12
    I would check with your program for not all programs require them.
  12. by   KelRN215
    Quote from nmsxx6454
    I had a pre-nursing student ask me this in the hallway last semester. My answer: "umm, don't do drugs and you won't have to worry about it"
    YES! This! If you have nothing to hide, why would random drug testing be anything to worry about?

    I've never been drug tested in nursing school nor in any nursing job I've ever had but it is certainly well within the rights of a school or an employer to request a student or an employee to submit to one.
  13. by   mrs.rn2be
    Quote from KelRN215

    YES! This! If you have nothing to hide, why would random drug testing be anything to worry about?

    I've never been drug tested in nursing school nor in any nursing job I've ever had but it is certainly well within the rights of a school or an employer to request a student or an employee to submit to one.
    Took the words right out of my mouth!
  14. by   Tinker88
    We will have them in my program. Just pee in the cup and move on with life

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