nurses who have had a positive drug test and what the board of nursing will do - page 2

by chico0909 | 12,520 Views | 16 Comments

I would love any advice, but please no judgement, I think I will be punished enough. thank you. I recently took a drug test for a discrepancy in the pyxis. I did not take the drug, nor do I ever take narcotics. I did however use... Read More


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    Michelle I'll have to keep you in mind when I get reinstated! I have so much angst about being able to get back to work and having that understanding manager who is willing to give second chances!
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    Quote from chico0909
    I would love any advice, but please no judgement, I think I will be punished enough. thank you. I recently took a drug test for a discrepancy in the pyxis. I did not take the drug, nor do I ever take narcotics. I did however use frequently marijuana about a month ago. I have a disease called anklyosing spondilitis, which is really bad arthritis in all of my joints. My aunt who is a massage therapist in california works with a lot of pt's with my disease and stated that weed would help so she sent me some cookies to eat. I have no insurance cause I am an agency nurse and I usually get enbrel shots from my sister with the same disease, but she was out. I was desperate, not an excuse, but 800 mg of advil every 6 hours would make my kidneys fail or burn a whole in my stomach, and that is just to walk my dog, more when I had to work a 12 hour shift. My mom offered me narcotics, due to the same disease, but I did not want to go down the road.

    It was a month ago so I'm sure it will come out positive. MY QUESTION IS....if i just say ok and loose my contract, which is fine, I know they can send it to the florida board and probably will. Can the board require a hair sample if I try to fight it. If this is the case then I will just accept it and go through it, but I'm trying to avoid all that I've read. Please help not sure what to do.

    Thank you for your help
    I would definitely wait to see what the screen comes back as. Now this is my opinion, but it is backed up by research and studies. THC, if eaten, is not absorbed at full concentrations. Urine detection time is decreased significantly. There are multiple variables involved in the detection of THC ie: metabolism, body fat and amount. It also depends on the labs cut off level. If your last ingestion was 30 days ago and is not a chronic behavior, I would lean towards the test being negative. However, if you eat or smoke everyday for weeks at a time, the detection time can be as long as 45 days.

    Now, lets say it comes back positive and the state is notified. I would highly recommend entering the program. You could surrender your license, but you will be required to enter into treatment upon reinstatement. The BON will have this stipulation in place. If you enter the program without surrendering, upon completion of the program, NO ONE will know you were in it in the first place. There's no record that it ever existed. However, if you surrender, it will permanently show on your license.

    Ultimately, it's your decision. But as I first stated, wait and see what the UDS shows, then go from there......Good luck!
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    Thank you everybody. By some sort of miracle it came back clear. The advice was awesome.
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    I dont know if I am posting this in the right place but I am new to everything here and I am trying to find IPN approvecd facilities in the state of Florida...I was told by my evaluator ******** that there are only four in the state of florida, is that true....trying to get information from my insurance company or IPN is proving to be difficult
    Last edit by Esme12 on Apr 23, '13 : Reason: TOS/NO Facility/staff names
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    Quote from chico0909
    Thank you everybody. By some sort of miracle it came back clear. The advice was awesome.
    Congratulations. But again, see my advice for what you should do should you have tested negative.

    Best of luck in the future.
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    Quote from hallgavinzeke
    I dont know if I am posting this in the right place but I am new to everything here and I am trying to find IPN approvecd facilities in the state of Florida...I was told by my evaluator ******** that there are only four in the state of florida, is that true....trying to get information from my insurance company or IPN is proving to be difficult
    IPN approved facilities for what? If your talking about Inpatient Rehab's, there are a bunch of them that are approved by IPN. You just need to do some research on them before hand.

    Send me a PM if you have more questions. There is a really do Inpatient Rehab in Southwest Florida.
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    yay! glad it came back clear for you. I thought when I saw you said a month ago it would. just be careful and never self report unless you have to. once they have a hold of you, there is no letting go and it's hell.


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