Tested positive for thc. Went to the floor to check on a pt. I understood this dept was having problems with narcs being taken. Nurse manager approached me. I said hello. She said she was checking to see who was on her floor. I told her I came to follow up on a pt. Very suspicious acting toward me. Anyway, three days later I was called in to my nurse manager. She said pharmacy noticed some discrepancy issues and hr wanted me to submit a urinalysis. I smoked marijuana for the first time in about 15 years the day prior. I thought they would just test for narcs and benzos. The following week I was fired. Reported to ipn and had eval with no substance abuse dx. Started tx and now waiting for ipn contract. Now over a month into this and I was told I can look for work. Any help with getting through the HR dept would be very helpful.
Mar 15, '10
Who told you it was ok to look for work? Your counselor or the IPN? I am in the Fl IPN and I know that my contract stated specifically that I could not work until the IPN received my signed contract.
It is probably not prudent to look for work until you are sure about the terms of your contract.
I did not divulge the IPN info to HR-I waited until I was firmly in the middle of the interview with senior management and then I explained my position.
Thank God, I got the job.
It's not manditory you notify the HR dept-but you must tell your employer you are in the program and supply them with a copy of your contract.
During the interview, I stressed how :
1. I would work extremely hard-as I have something to prove.
2. I am "safer" than other employees as I am frequently and randomly tested.
My employer took both of these ideas into consideration.
Good luck to you, I know that several of the Nurses in my weekly support group are having a difficult time getting a postion.
Just have patience, also, try to do whatever the IPN mandates. They don't fool around and they hold all of the cards. Fly under the radar!
Mar 15, '10
Ipn, they called and said that as soon as I started tx. They said when the paperwork is recieved from the tx facility they would send me a contract.
Mar 15, '10
Hopefully it will be easier getting a job having tested + for marijuana. Anyone in a similar position? What does HR say when a potential employer calls. Can they say you were fired? Also is your immediate supervisor the only person who needs to know? How about getting fired while in ipn, is this a violation of the Americans with disability act?
Mar 17, '10
I am in a manger position. I would give you a job in a heartbeat for testing pos. for Marijuana. Everyone needs a second chance to start off on the right foot.
Good luck, wish I could help!
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