hellobunny 704 Views
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Life often is what it is, alas :/
I do wish you the best of luck with whatever you decide to do.
If the hospital decides to let it slide, that's one thing--the hospital doesn't actually license the RN/LVN. The Board is the one who licenses nurses, and there have been nurses with THC cards who tried to appeal the Board's decision to take away their licenses, and lost the appeal.
I'm sorry if this isn't what you wanted to hear, but it's the reality...and better you be aware of it now, than to go through nursing school, get licensed, then have that license revoked after years of hard work.
With the utmost respect to you and your MD, I sincerely doubt that those are the only two ways you can maintain your weight. I would suggest getting a second opinion, for your own health's sake.
Another thing to consider is that once you get licensed as a nurse, if you fail a drug test you could be reported to the Board of Vocational Nursing for drug use...and unfortunately, the BVNPT does not look kindly upon THC users, even ones with legal pot cards in hand.
Yes, I know this is way down the road...but it is something you should seriously consider.
Just because it may be legal to do doesn't mean that schools can't reject students or hospitals not hire employees. Heck, half the hospitals in my county won't hire you if you test positive for nicotine- perfectly legal substance, as long as you're over 18. So, depending on school policy (and of any facility where you may participate in clinicals), yes, they may have grounds to deny you.
Tricky topic, while it is legal in your state it is against company policy to test positive for "drugs". Chances are it is against school policy also. The BON is not to keen on this either. Hell many places will not hire you for smoking cigarettes.
I wasn't going to do this, but your last post spurred me on.
Actually, at some point, you ARE going to have to treat a pt as judgemental as us. And any pt that knows what they're doing will be able to tell you're a marijuana smoker just by the way you act. So, let's say you're treating a career cop. He's going to know you smoke and is going to call your supervisor to request he be given a new nurse. It only takes a few such requests for your supervisor to notice a pattern with you at the center. This will make you a target.
As far as describing yourself as an "avid user," perhaps this was a mistake on your part. Avid users are the people that are typically too stoned to truly function. You calling yourself such makes me wonder if you're actually going to be able to handle the stress of nursing school without going out to partake in your car during a break from class. Why do I say this? Seen it way too many times. I watched a current LPN student go out to her car to pop a Xanex because she flunked a test. What wasn't a big deal to anyone else pushed her into using when she still had class left.
In all honesty, I have no problem with medical marijuana. I voted for it in the election this year. I have a close friend that uses to ward off side effects of chemo. Helps him eat. My future mother-in-law uses for the same reason. My fiancÚ uses to gain appetite because of other reasons. I don't personally use, but I don't have a particular problem with it so long as the user is not directly responsible for keeping me alive. I'm sorry, but I don't want my doctor or nurse to be going home at night and smoking a bowl. Just not comfortable with that.
Schools and employers have the right to drug test you--it's part of the agreement when you decide to enroll or be hired there. Schools/employers can also reject/fire you based on the outcome of the drug test...and a valid prescription is NOT always bullet-proof protection against disciplinary action.
So yes, even with a valid THC card, the school can legally deny you admission if you fail their drug test because you didn't meet their requirements. Even in California. It doesn't matter if that'd be the only drug they'd find in your system.
Ultimately, it's the school's decision as to what will happen to you should you test positive, so they're the ones that you would need to talk to.
Best of luck.
I think describing yourself as an 'avid' user is quite telling. It indicates that you use it for reasons other than the 'prescribed' purposes.
I would not wish to be cared for by any nurse who describes themselves as you do.
I just got accepted into the LVN program at Mission College in California and I'm apparently getting drug tested next week. I'm an avid marijuana user. I don't use for my "anger problems" or "anxiety/stress"... I use because last August I had weight loss surgery which took out more than 80% of my stomach. I went from 220llbs to 105lbs in less than a year so I took up using to give me an appetite and help me maintain my new weight. Good enough reason for me and the doctor who gave me my legal cannabis card... So I'm wondering if they have grounds to deny me?
My plan was to be honest from the beginning and let the instructors know a few days BEFORE the test but it's still in the back of my head. I've worked hard for this and they only accept 30 students out of hundreds so I am obviously qualified for it. I don't want my hard work to not pay off over a stupid urine test. They won't even find advil in my system, I don't take any other drugs, smoke cigarettes, even drink! (due to my small stomach). I also have a steady job, have a clean record with not one ticket. What do you guys think? and please don't be rude, I won't go to class stoned, drive or work stoned so I wouldn't be a nurse stoned either... Thanks for your time.
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