When do nursing programs do drug tests? - page 3

Is it when you get accepted or a bit before the semester starts? I'm applying for Fall which is 9 months away, when do you think they would make you submit a drug test?... Read More

  1. by   hello77kitty
    My school requires a 10 panel screen before we start the semester.
  2. by   forevergreatful
    i submitted my drug test with my acceptance packet, they actually had a paper that came in the packet that told us what place we could go to and we had to have it submitted before we could start.
  3. by   MiladyMalarkey
    This shouldn't be a concern if you aren't using drugs. So stopping now would be good. Also medical marijuana cards aren't usually accepted in nursing school, even if you have the card, they'll still kick you out if you test positive.
  4. by   Horseshoe
    I wasn't drug tested in nursing school, but while working as a nurse, I hurt my back. I could barely walk to the nurse's station. My boss sent me home, but she was required by policy to send me to employee health, where I was promptly asked to submit a specimen.

    Any time there is an incident of nurse injury, patient injury, suspicion of impairment or diversion, narc counts off, etc., you can be required to be tested on the spot.

    Just so you know.
  5. by   alsmurf4
    It shouldn't matter. If you have to worry about a dirty drug screen, perhaps you should consider another line of work.
  6. by   3ringnursing
    I graduated in Dec 1993: not once were we ever drug tested in my BSN program.

    I had a UDS once for preemployment screening for a job while in nursing school (3rd semester) and got a job offer from the same place after graduating and continued on.

    Laughably, the first time I was hired at this hospital was in high school (1984) no UDS.

    My 2nd ever nursing job had no UDS at all - just a physical. I mentioned to the person who hired me I hadn't had a UDS: she told me "we don't do that" (1996).

    My, the times they are a changin' ...