Drug Screening

  1. Does your LTC facility do employee drug screening? If so, what are the employers responsibilities if someone is found positive for illegal drug use. My facility doesn't screen. I'm tempted to start (but won't) a rumor that we are going to begin screening just to see how many employees voluntarily resign. Any thoughts?
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  3. by   Lovely_RN
    What is motivating you to want to start a rumor about drug screening? Do you suspect that certain staff members are using? If so then why not report them to management or the state?

    If you don't suspect that any particular individual is using drugs then what would be the point of starting rumors?
  4. by   jmtndl
    Quote from Falon
    What is motivating you to want to start a rumor about drug screening? Do you suspect that certain staff members are using? If so then why not report them to management or the state?

    If you don't suspect that any particular individual is using drugs then what would be the point of starting rumors?
    Do you realize how absolutely Orwellian you sound..."or the state"?Do you think they use at work? That is one matter...or do you just "think
    they use?"Wow...weird.
  5. by   catlady5
    I just got back from orientation... I have to take a Hair Drug Test prior to starting my nursing program. Has anyone ever had to do this?? I thought most, if not all, nursing programs required urine screening? What did yall have to do for school?
  6. by   ericalynn
    thats about the most absolutely ridiculous thing I have ever heard of. If your facility wants to do drug testing, that's their deal, but you really don't need to be the hall monitior do you? Starting a rumor is ALWAYS bad, bad, bad.
    Last edit by ericalynn on Sep 13, '07
  7. by   catlady5
    what are you trying to say?
  8. by   everthesame
    Quote from catlady5
    I just got back from orientation... I have to take a Hair Drug Test prior to starting my nursing program. Has anyone ever had to do this?? I thought most, if not all, nursing programs required urine screening? What did yall have to do for school?
    No pre nursing school drug screens when I went to school some 15 years ago. I'm surprised they are doing a hair sample drug screen. I hear those are more expensive than the UDS.
  9. by   Crux1024
    Quote from catlady5
    I just got back from orientation... I have to take a Hair Drug Test prior to starting my nursing program. Has anyone ever had to do this?? I thought most, if not all, nursing programs required urine screening? What did yall have to do for school?
    We actually had the mouth/saliva thingy.. It looked like a prego test, but it had a small brush on it, and your saliva filled up the chamber (like urine in a prego test) and showed whether or not you tested positive for anything.

    I thought it was funny to think of anyone trying to fool the test and coming with a bag of urine strapped to their leg, and then being asked to open their mouth...LOL..
  10. by   SonicnurseRN
    In my RN program we don't have drug screening, but do have criminal background checks. How could you take drugs & get up for clinicals @ 0500 anyway? LOL ; )
  11. by   TheCommuter
    I've been employed at an LTCF for the past year and a half, and my facility does not perform drug screens on potential or current employees.
  12. by   biker nurse
    Working in LTC, here in NC they have drug tested before hiring and after accidents(workers comp) for the last 11 years!! As an SDC, I test ALL potential employees!
    FOR the RN program (I just finished in May) we were tested EVERY semester(urine) at least once :then again random for 1/2 the class
    The only time I had to give hair samples when I started to work for Blockbuster 16-17 years ago. For the testing in school, the cost was put on us.
    My question is why do I get tested and pay my taxes but the people
    I help support on welfare (not all , I don't want political feedback)
    DON'T??!!
  13. by   marjoriemac
    Never heard of a facility doing drug screening, I think they would have a hard time introducing it.
  14. by   Lovely_RN
    What????

    Your post is confusing. You used quotation marks like you are quoting what I wrote but I never wrote: "or the state"?Do you think they use at work? That is one matter...or do you just"think they use?"


    Quote from jmtndl
    Do you realize how absolutely Orwellian you sound..."or the state"?Do you think they use at work? That is one matter...or do you just "think
    they use?"Wow...weird.
    I was just curious to know why the OP wants to start a rumor about drug testing at work. It doesn't make sense to me to do that because if she has a solid reason to believe that staff members are drug abusers then starting a rumor is a silly way to handle it.

    If she has no reason to believe that people are abusing drugs and if everyone is doing their job the way they are supposed to then there is no need to drug test people.
    Last edit by Lovely_RN on Sep 14, '07

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