brandy1017 22,142 Views
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I think hospitals would like the right to random drug screen, but I don't think they'd actually do it because of the cost since money is the bottom line. I'm sure any suspicious incident or concern over an employee and they would drug screen.
I'm against random drug screens as an invasion of privacy. We are expected to give up so much for the great opportunity (sarcasm) of working as a nurse. I don't drink and I don't do drugs. But I would be concerned about a false positive and the damage that could do to one's reputation, not to mention the financial cost!
I'm tired of this mentality that nurses need to be controlled, forced to take vaccines, forced to move massively obese people without safe lifting equipment, etc, etc. What rights do we have? Do we give up all our rights over are own bodies and our right to be safe and not injured to be a nurse! It isn't right!
Random drug screening is just another move down the slippery slope of controlling nurses. I just wonder how working conditions would be if this was a male dominated job! I'm sure they wouldn't be accepting forced vaccinations and lack of safe lifting equipment!
I have had a coworker call out for not enough sleep. She wasn't punished... it was her PTO...
...but none of us felt very kindly towards her after absorbing her shift, her excuse spread through the gossip channels, and people stopped being willing to trade shifts with her, cover for lunch, etc.
You had time to sleep.
I admit I have called off due to no sleep myself. I know others who work with no sleep or get only 3-4 hours and come to work. I'm not one of them. I don't feel that is safe. I've read someone with lack of sleep is similar to a drunk person in reaction time.
That said you have to find a way to get the sleep you need because you can't make it a habit to call in for lack of sleep. I wouldn't mention it to anyone because I doubt others would be sympathetic.
There is a culture in nursing to come to work no matter what and just tough it out, kind of like the military and management plays on this and uses this to get staff to work overtime rather than hire more staff. When you've been a nurse for a while you realize there is a never ending shortage of staff with constant pressure to work extra. I learned pretty quick to just not answer the phone.
As for your insomnia, perhaps talking to you Dr for a sleep aid would be a good idea. Rotating shifts are really bad for establishing a regular sleep schedule. Hopefully you can find a solution that works for you.
My dad could only finish 2 years of college as he had a full ride scholarship for football but after his accident they took it away from him. He wants me to go to college and he offered to co-sign on my loans.
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