Pre employment urine drug screen for nursing home, will they test for alcohol? - page 8
This is my first RN job offer so I had no idea I would be drug tested when I went in that day to sign paperwork (I would not have drank at all had I have known this). I thought they would give me a 3... Read More
Mar 22, '15This is according to the US Dept of Labor.
"Urine [test]...detects and measures use of a particular drug within the previous few days and has become the defacto evidence of current use. Because alcohol passes rapidly through the system, urine tests must be conducted very quickly after alcohol consumption in order to ensure any degree of accuracy. For this reason, urine tests are generally not helpful in detecting alcohol use as opposed to illicit and prescription drug use...."
"...alcohol is absorbed and eliminated more quickly than other drugs. This is why post-accident testing procedures often require testing for alcohol to occur within two hours...."
"The following are estimates of the length of time that certain drugs are detectable:
- Alcohol – 1 oz. for 1.5 hours ..."
elaws - Drug-Free Workplace Advisor
I read the information and did not see any reference made to the fact that women metabolize slower than men.
Mar 22, '15Quote from RN_jobhuntingIt is a bummer for sure. You are an adult and have the right to drink as you like it is legal. I make no judgments on that or you....as I sip my beer.I wish they would've told me that I'd be taking a drug test when I went in to sign paperwork
The last statement is the learning curve.....next time ask when and where the test will be. Or at the very least assume each time that you walk in to a place that will be or is your potential employer you are being evaluated in some way.
Mar 23, '15Quote from RN_jobhuntingWell, giving you a "3 day heads up" kinda defeats the purpose of the drug test, doesn't it ...This is my first RN job offer so I had no idea I would be drug tested when I went in that day to sign paperwork (I would not have drank at all had I have known this). I thought they would give me a 3 day heads up and send me to a lab corp. So my employment at this nursing home is contingent upon me passing a drug and background check.
Mar 27, '15Alcohol is not illegal and I doubt that they will even mention it to you. But was drinking like a goose the night before a good idea?
Always expect a drug test without warning, employers are going to this for whatever reason.