CA nurses help !! - page 2

Hi, I'm a RN that worked in CA for about a year and a half . I was accused of using or being impaired at work one night . I had not taken anything was just emotionally upset over non work related... Read More

  1. by   Lisacar130
    Things might be different in CA, but here in IL it is typical for hospitals to only give out dates of employment. It's not a law but that is a typical HR policy here. Hospitals are afraid of being sued. I have heard that they only answer the "is she rehireable" question if it is another hospital or other entity within the same system. Where I used to work, if a manager was called for a direct reference, the policy was to transfer the call to HR and they would then only give dates of employment and title held. I go to nurses in recovery support groups and one of them is primarily made up of nurses who were fired for diverting drugs. Even they got hired elsewhere listing their old employer. They were also reported to the BON and also had to deal with that but the reference part of it wasn't an issue. Nursing homes and other facilities might be different but I only have first hand knowledge of hospitals.

    There are companies that will do a reference check for you to let you know what is said about you. You have to pay for it of course. I would do that if it were me.
  2. by   ruby_jane
    Quote from Recovering_RN
    The idea to get a drug screen now, a hair test, is that a hair test would show back three months, so it would prove that you had no drugs in your system at the time of the incident. I don't know if you'd need it, since they didn't even ask for one at the time, but if you get it now, you'll have proof of a negative screen for the time in question. A regular urine drug screen would be of no use, obviously. That would only show drug use in the last few days.
    ^she's wise.^ It's your livelihood. It is likely that this was an empty threat with no proof and no request to take a drug test. BUT if it's not, your case is non-emergent and eventually the BON would ask. So, do it now. Just in case.