I really need some advice. I just graduated and passed my boards to become an LPN. I got a job at our local hospital and have been doing orientation for a month. I was called into the nurse managers office yesterday morning because my drug screen showed up positive for benzos. My contract was terminated and I was sent home immediately. I am crushed I used to have a prescription for Clonipine and at a party a month ago I took I took what I thought was Tylenol from someone but it turned out to be Valium. I received two negative random drug tests during school last year and I don't use. It was one mistake that is ruining my life.
I need some advice on getting another job. The drug testing is no problem but I have no work experience except at the hospital. Do I put that on my resume? Do I tell the truth in and interview? Will it show up on my background test? How can I get another job? What if they call my former employer? HELP I don't know what to do????
Wow. First off, take a deep breath. Always tell the truth during the interview process, (placing the employment down,ect.) otherwise it will come back to bite you. If you are clean, then there is no reason to lie. Is the hospital going to turn you into the BON? If you believe in God, girl get on your knees and pray. Accidents happen and there are more understanding people out there in the world then you can believe. Hope all goes well.
Edit to ask: How did you find out it was a valium? How long after the party was the drug test?
Last edit by texas_lvn on Sep 27, '06
Ok I am not a lawyer but the advice others have given you to get one is correct.
THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE....
Also as been a travel nurse in the last year I have had the opportunity to be drug tested for employement a total of 4 times. They typically dont ask you what medications one is taking when they collect your specimin. The two difference labs that were used in these instances didnt. Each and every time I was advised that if there is an issue ie something shows up the medical review officer- the one whos name is on your copy of the form will be in contact. As such I would be the first to know.
With information provided by the original poster I personally would be very suspect of said drug test. No mention of MRO contact. No mention if the form asked for meds currently taken. Klonipine is a benzodiazapine so yes it would and should show up on a drug screen. Also without very expensive testing- which rarely is done for pre-employment as far as I know, they wouldn't know one benzo from the next on a screen.
As far as the BON most states it is mandatory that a positive drug test be reported to them.
ONCE AGAIN SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY
Last edit by rjflyn on Sep 28, '06