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Hello all, I am currently taking my prerequisites for Nursing. I know two nurses, one is a friend of my mothers and she is a Nurse Practitioner and my boyfriend's mother is a charge nurse in... Read More

  1. Visit  DavidKarl profile page
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    I'll mention this point again, while we debate alcohol, marijuana, Vicodin, and the like. In three states, I believe I discovered, you are now asked by the BON if you have been diagnosed with any mental disorder (including DEPRESSION), or have you been counseled by any mental health practitioner since your last renewal application, and are you taking ANY psychoactive medications INCLUDING antidepressants, for any condition? So, the nanny state is tightening up. Taking an antidepressant may flag your BON, that may need you to be 'evaluated', and possibly even monitored (as if you had committed a crime by treating your depression, since be neing diagnsied with depression, you may be a risk to patient safety?). So, the issue of medical and prescribed marijuana stands out front- are you really safe using that? Using anything? Forewarned= forearmed.
  2. Visit  DavidKarl profile page
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    Thank you for your insight. I have to say, this poster seems awfully angry (I'm assuming from the vitriole, that OP is not a nurse or in any way a health care provider)- I thought marijuana was supposed to make people mellow? For OP to say 80,000 die from alcohol, and 'o' from marijuana? Ludicrous. Alcohol is legal (no, DUI is not). Marijuana is 'illegal', and look south of the border, to see how many tens of thousands are being killed every year to get it to America?
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  3. Visit  jwmwinter profile page
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    I'm reading this post and I have to say its quite disturbing. Everyone's reply is merely an opinion. I think everyone should remember that before posting so angrily. I'm going to play devil's advocate and respond on both sides of the issue. First, I am a nurse in recovery, but not from marijuana. There are a few posts that bother me. As far as testing positive for THC, it does stay in your system for several days and longer depending on frequency of use, so it is possible to test positive and NOT be under the influence. But it appears the main argument is why can't a nurse smoke marijuana and still practice without any problems. Regardless of what state your in, legal or not, the BON does not accept this behavior. Nurses are professionals and are relied on by people in vulnerable situations. I don't condone any drug use, and that's through experience. I appreciate everyone's argument, and each has a valid point. But the reality is, if you want to be a nurse, give up the marijuana. You'll work to hard for that title to just flush it down the drain for one joint......it's not worth it.
  4. Visit  nisteber profile page
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    I cant argue anymore. Dave, look at the CDCs website and also your states website. It shows how many thousands of people die from drunk driving. Believe what you want I guess. Just because its legal it is still dangerous. What is your book called? I would like to read it.

    I'm talking about use marijuana recreationally. Not for medicinal purposes. I'm not trying to compare it to vicodine.. Also the only reason why people get shot over pot is because it is illegal. There is such a large demand for it and drug dealers are willing to take drastic measures to make a profit. If pot is made legal and taken off the black market then that is one very large income drug that is taken out of the drug dealers hands. You guys will just have to watch and see what happens in Colorado and Washington. Because the legislation is currently going into effect.

    To jwmwinter I am sorry you had a drug problem. I have a buddy who can not stop using narcotics right now. He is in denial big time. But marijuana is just so harmless. Much less than alcohol.

    I am a 23 yr old med surg RN by the way.

    Nick
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  5. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
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    Quote from jwmwinter
    But the reality is, if you want to be a nurse, give up the marijuana. You'll work to hard for that title to just flush it down the drain for one joint......it's not worth it.
    I totally agree, even though I'm personally a proponent of allowing adults over age 21 to decide for themselves whether or not to use marijuana. I'm an ex-smoker who enjoyed MJ as much as the next person, and wouldn't have given it up EXCEPT for the fact that it is not compatible with holding a nursing license. Ergo, I don't use---that's it, end of story, finis.

    It wasn't always like this, but sometimes I wonder what people do when they're confronted with this situation---weigh their options like "hmmm, do I smoke, or do I put food in my kids' mouths"? Talk about a no-brainer.......
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  6. Visit  tewdles profile page
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    I agree with you Viva...it doesn't work to use this drug recreationally if you are a nurse...drink alcohol instead.

    It is truly unfortunate that there remains so much misinformation about marijuana as a medication that provides significant benefit to people. It seems that too many nursing professionals may just see them as "pot heads".
  7. Visit  itsnowornever profile page
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    Quote from nisteber

    Um its not just my opinion. Why do you think two states just legalized it for adults? They are millions of people that agree with me. Your husband has probably taken more licenses away for alcohol than marijuana. I feel like I am talking to a wall when arguing with you. I'm just saying in the future its going to be legal. Like it or not. Its just not harmful enough of a drug to stay illegal.
    Funny, feeling is mutual. Fortunately I'm on the boards side and I have no worries. Good day! (And it's about equal as far as DL is concerned)

    Posting from my phone, ease forgive my fat thumbs!
  8. Visit  itsnowornever profile page
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    Quote from Alisonisayoshi
    I just want to mention there are side effects and consequences to pot. Sorry to burst a smokers bubble, but there are. Currently pot is decriminalized. In some states it's even "legal" for medical use (where I live the Feds are suing our county to put an end to reckless medical use and growth but its currently legal).
    Here's my b@$ch about pot: hey did you know your casual use is a blight on MY community? Yup it is. My cute, picturesque, small town is now overrun by MS13. We have murders, assaults, and skyrocketing crime rates all relating to pot. Pot is big business. So that joint you are smoking, that one joint? Yeah just know somebody might have been murdered for that. Seems crazy just for pot, but this cash crop is poisoning the land and water, it's inciting violence, and it's doing it in SOMEONE'S back yard.
    Please don't act like its some victimless crime to smoke. It's not.
    Yes but there is one particular poster who will INSIST that it's harmless. :/

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  9. Visit  itsnowornever profile page
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    Quote from DavidKarl
    Good points. In fact, even with an Rx, you can be arrested for drug DUI if you provide a blood sample.
    Yes you can!!!!!

    Posting from my phone, ease forgive my fat thumbs!
  10. Visit  itsnowornever profile page
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    Quote from nisteber
    I cant argue anymore. Dave, look at the CDCs website and also your states website. It shows how many thousands of people die from drunk driving. Believe what you want I guess. Just because its legal it is still dangerous. What is your book called? I would like to read it.

    I'm talking about use marijuana recreationally. Not for medicinal purposes. I'm not trying to compare it to vicodine.. Also the only reason why people get shot over pot is because it is illegal. There is such a large demand for it and drug dealers are willing to take drastic measures to make a profit. If pot is made legal and taken off the black market then that is one very large income drug that is taken out of the drug dealers hands. You guys will just have to watch and see what happens in Colorado and Washington. Because the legislation is currently going into effect.

    To jwmwinter I am sorry you had a drug problem. I have a buddy who can not stop using narcotics right now. He is in denial big time. But marijuana is just so harmless. Much less than alcohol.

    I am a 23 yr old med surg RN by the way.

    Nick
    Long post from someone who can't argue anymore.

    Posting from my phone, ease forgive my fat thumbs!
  11. Visit  Alisonisayoshi profile page
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    Quote from itsnowornever

    Yes but there is one particular poster who will INSIST that it's harmless. :/

    Posting from my phone, ease forgive my fat thumbs!
    It's my biggest pet peeve, "oh it's harmless!" Come live in the Emerald Triangle for a few months, tell me it's not hurting anybody. Come check out our transient trimmer (people who process pot for sale) population, they are usually getting high outside the Walmart on the lawn. Come see our understaffed sheriffs and town cops fight a losing battle to gang violence they never saw pre-legalization.
  12. Visit  SuzieVN profile page
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    Even if they made pot legal, at the federal level, next Monday? No BON will recognize that for 50 years, or maybe a thousand years? And even if the feds did that, made it legal you can still be arrested for DUI if it is in your system. It's not worth even thinking about using pot, at all- or even thinking about driving after a single drink. Also, typical of Americans- people condone their drug of choice, and condemn anyone's else's?
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  13. Visit  TXRN2 profile page
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    i must say, this has been a most interesting thread!!
    Last edit by TXRN2 on Mar 22, '13 : Reason: add smiley
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