Teacher offering Ativan scripts....? - page 2

by I's and... Oh's

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I am in second year of nursing school and during our orientation a teacher (he happens to be an N.P.) offered his help in providing anti-anxiety medication for testing purposes. He mentioned something along the lines of "It has... Read More


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    If this was in orientation, I wonder what the context was. I could see someone saying, "Nursing school can produce a large amount of anxiety and if you need something like ativan to help you get through, come see me." That wouldn't be such a terrible thing to say. IDK. I can't imagine this guy just handing out free scripts to just anyone. Anyone who has taken any basic class in college probably knows that taking a test while impaired is going to harm your function on the test, not help it. I don't mean to question what you're saying, OP, but maybe you could share the context of how he said it? Because it seems like there is more to this.
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    He is totally inappropriate and it's an abuse of his script writing. You need to report this immediately and take it as far as you need to. This may even be reportable to yu board of nursing. Good luck sounds like he needs some other type of psych meds himself!
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    Having a prescription for meds is not an issue. If you are prevented from caring for yourself by being told you cannot take prescribed medications (provided you are not impaired by them) you have a great legal case.

    If an instructor suggests that you are a nervous wreck and that impairs your ability to function then it's fine to suggest you might seek help. THAT HELP WILL NOT COME FROM THE PRESCRIPTIVE ABILITY OF YOUR INSTRUCTOR. If an instructor actually gave a med or wrote a script for a student, you would have an absolutely fabulous legal case. Also that would put your entire nursing program on the rocks, my friend!
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    It sounds pretty bizarre to me and not very responsible of your instructor. I wonder if he would offer Adderal scripts to people who waited until the last minute to do an assignment.
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    I can see your point. I did not say a lawyer for anyone to pay for anything... I mentioned a lawyer so I know what my rights are and I am able to address issues correctly. I suggest you re-read my post and acknowledge just one key point for now, addressing your concern. I stated

    "Is this more than weird? As in.. illegal? Seems the position of power and the sense of 'showing off' is rather obvious.. to me anyway. I'm looking for other opinions that can see it from the outside in (as I'm already biased)!"

    I can re-word it for you, since the first time wasn't clear enough. I've never been a teacher, I've never been in the position of being able to prescribe medications and I have acknowledged that I am biased and what better place than to get some feed back looking in. Does that help?
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    First off.. easy does it. You're repeating yourself and seem to have a lot of assumptions to a simple question I presented.

    I did not say a lawyer for anyone to pay for anything... I mentioned a lawyer so I know what my rights are and I am able to address issues correctly. I suggest you re-read my post and acknowledge just one key point for now, addressing your concern. I stated

    "Is this more than weird? As in.. illegal? Seems the position of power and the sense of 'showing off' is rather obvious.. to me anyway. I'm looking for other opinions that can see it from the outside in (as I'm already biased)!"

    I can re-word it for you, since the first time wasn't clear enough. I've never been a teacher, I've never been in the position of being able to prescribe medications and I have acknowledged that I am biased and what better place than to get some feed back looking in. Does that help?
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    Honestly, it sounds like he was joking... and ativan jokes before big tests are very common in nursing school.
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    I mentioned a lawyer so I know what my rights are and I am able to address issues correctly.
    Sorry if this seems rude, but what rights do you think you have in this or which rights of yours has been violated? I can see if the instructor said "take this script for ativan or else I will fail you"; otherwise, no you have suffered no harm. In my mind, consulting a lawyer would just be a waste of money.

    Report him to the dean. If you are close to any other classmates, talk with them about it, and see if they will go to the dean with you. This instructors behavior is totally inappropriate, and, if he actually writes scripts, illegal. He needs to be reported. As for some affront towards you--just not there. Sorry.
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    Quote from I's and... Oh's
    . He can teach very well, but I can't stand how he/the program itself, have decided to handle certain issues 'at hand'. Right now, I feel like I have been pushed around and I'm not sure who to go to (other than a lawyer). I am going to post another topic that is related to what I have had to deal with in previous semesters, but I wanted to really address this ativan issue. Is this more than weird? As in.. illegal?
    Are you really concerned about him brining up Ativan for test anxiety, or are you looking for a way to attack him because of your own struggles?

    If he did not hand you a script or force you to do anything, there is nothing illegal.
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    Can someone (OP maybe?) help me understand a few things?

    How would it be illegal for this professor to write a prescription if they have prescription writing privileges and if they take on the student as a patient?
    If a student has a medical need for anti anxiety medications, how can they get in trouble for taking those medications if they are taking them as directed?
    And OP, can you please describe how it is that you feel like your rights have actually been violated? Like, what specifically happened?
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