Nurses who smoke Marijuana? - page 5

by NenaRK 71,613 Views | 110 Comments

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 the ICU. Both of them smoke... Read More


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    sigh...
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    Quote from itsnowornever
    That may be your opinion (and thankfully it's only just that!), but guess who (a) wont get busted by the cops (because you still can loose your DL license for this "legal" activity, my husband has taken many!) (b) won't be griping that my license was lost because of weed and finally (c) won't be worried about random drug tests or new employment tests? This girl who is very misinformed (waiting for enlightenment since you know so much!) who happens to live in the past!

    Posting from my phone, ease forgive my fat thumbs!
    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.
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    Quote from DavidKarl
    The fact is, if you smoke pot on Friday, and go to work on Monday, you are reporting to work under the influence, since the pot is still in your system, right?

    It's all about money. There's more $ to be had from DUI arrests, then for marijuana, therefore DUI is now the #1 arrest cause in America, it bypassed simple marijuana possession.
    No your statement is wrong. THC can still be found a person's blood but they are no longer impaired. If you smoke friday you can easily go to work monday un-impaired. Its very similar to drinking alcohol. No idea what you are trying to say about DUI being the number one arrests. 80,000 people die a year from alcohol related crashes. 0 die from marijuana related anything. Thats the facts. It's on the CDCs website. Somebody please end this thread so I stop responding. Thank you.
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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.
    Just asking..because I don't know. Was MJ "legalized" or "decriminalized/" Ativan and Vicodin are legal but I don't accept the argument that because one has a prescription for them, it's OK to work. If you're so ill that you need Ativan or Vicodin to function....well, it's not not possible that you're ready for the rigors of nursing. AND having smoked a lot of weed in the 60's and 70's, today's MJ is an entirely different animal, in terms of potency. Tried it once for insomnia and realized this is not the mellow yellow I was familiar with
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    one other thing to consider- even if states, or the country, for that matter, legalize or decriminalize MJ- this does not in any way mean that any states BON will allow a nurse to use MJ & retain a nursing license.
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    Quote from TXRN2
    one other thing to consider- even if states, or the country, for that matter, legalize or decriminalize MJ- this does not in any way mean that any states BON will allow a nurse to use MJ & retain a nursing license.
    Do BONs currently take away nursing licenses for prescribed opiates?
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    let me answer that this way: if a nurse is in a monitoring program & submits to random drug screens, & also required prescribed opiates- say after a surgery or accident, said nurse would not be allowed to work until off of the opiates & produced a clean drug screen. so, no- they would not take away your license, but they would not allow you to work while on prescribed opiates.
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    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.
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    What most BON and what most employers allow can be two very different things. In most states working as a nurse under the influence of opiates or any mood altering substance for that matter is completely against the state's nurse practice act...even with a valid prescription. However, most employers will hire a nurse as long as he or she has a valid prescription for the drugs. I, personally, have known several nurses who have worked under the influence of prescribed opiates, benzodiazepines, etc. It's too bad that so many nurses are ignorant of these things. They may feel protected having a valid prescription, but I bet the BON would see it otherwise...in most states, anyway.
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    The BONs are not there for our protection.
    So, in states where medical marijuana is allowed, a nurse may have a valid prescription for said medication and legally use it.
    It is up to the employer whether or not they will allow that in their employment situation.
    The BON is going to take NO action against nurses with valid prescriptions for any controlled med unless there is a concern or problem reported to them.
    I worked while using medicinal marijuana...not seeing patients because my health did not allow it, but I completed chart audits and other administrative duties. Just like with opiates, just cause you take them doesn't mean you are high.


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