Question about marijuana use as a nurse - page 5

by sasha_t

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I used to use marijuana only as a recreational drug, recently it was prescribed to me due to anxiety and lack of appetite. If you have a prescription to marijuana and you test positive on a drug screening, would you still be... Read More


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    If a pot head works at taco bell, won't they eat all of the supply and put them out of business? Hahahaha....just joking.

    Seriously, though, I think most hospitals would not only frown on nurses smoking pot, I would imagine it could possibly be a liability. If a nurse has marijuana in her system and she makes a serious error and it was discovered that she may have been impaired....big problem for the hospital. They may face a serious level of responsibility for knowingly hiring a nurse who smokes pot, prescription or not. They don't even want to think about the issues that could arise from that, especially when they can just hire another nurse who is not a pot smoker. If you make it through the hiring process and drug screen without them knowing, you may be able to get away with it, if you are very careful and do it only in your off time. However, if there are ever any suspicions, you may end up facing a random drug screen and then the party's over. Mary Jane stays in the system a long, long time. If you are upfront in an interview about your prescription, I doubt if any facilities would hire you. They're gonna go for the other nurse.

    So, as others have said, if you want to have a career as a nurse, you may have to give it up.
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    More fuel for thought.....what happens when the anxiety kicks in at work? Can you just go burn a quick one and come back to work....
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    Quote from That Guy
    More fuel for thought.....what happens when the anxiety kicks in at work? Can you just go burn a quick one and come back to work....
    That is the first thing I thought! Being at work as a nurse on a busy floor causes anxiety!

    Good advice here - whether you think it should be legalized or not, this risks your license and as Viva said, it isn't worth the risk. I live in California and there are so many unscrupulous docs here that give out 215 cards like Halloween candy. It is just an excuse to get high - not a real medical issue. That bugs me.

    I have hospice patients who use it - I have no problem with that.

    (Viva - you LIKE THE SMELL!?? )
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    I think this is a valid concern. Like others have said on here, it's really up to what your state BON dictates. But.....alcohol and plenty of common legal medications are the top causes of driving under the influence and any other sort of activity that requires concentration. If this marijuana is legal, what makes it any different from those other substances? The stigma? If anyone is scared of being under the influence, put down the cocktails and Ativan. Hell, put down the Nyquil and Benadryl too! Don't forget to get some sleep, also. That way we are all on the same plane.
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    What you believe and what the BON in your state believes can be two very different things, and if you have to go before the board, I'm sure they won't care what you think. Unfortunate, but true.
    First answer was short & to the point. Whether its a benign substance or not is irrelevant if your BON views anyone needing this Rx as being unfit to practice safely.
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    That is the first thing I thought! Being at work as a nurse on a busy floor causes anxiety!

    Good advice here - whether you think it should be legalized or not, this risks your license and as Viva said, it isn't worth the risk. I live in California and there are so many unscrupulous docs here that give out 215 cards like Halloween candy. It is just an excuse to get high - not a real medical issue. That bugs me.

    I have hospice patients who use it - I have no problem with that.

    (Viva - you LIKE THE SMELL!?? )
    Yeah......my SIL and dh sometimes sit out on the back porch and smoke a bowl. I used to go out there and sniff the air when they lit up, just because I do love the smell......at least until my psych told me to stop because any contact with MJ is apt to make my bipolar worse. (I still don't know how the man wrung that confession out of me---he'd have made a great detective.) Well, that's the last thing in the world I need, so I stay away from the stuff completely now and have given up the idea that I can ever go back to it, even after I retire. It's not worth risking my license OR my mental health.
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    If you're smoking on your off days you will test positive. There's no way of knowing when a hospital screens you for drugs if you are using only on your off days, you will just show up positive. What, are they suppose to take your word for it that you don't use while doing patient care? Even with a prescription you can't use that excuse. That can't be chanced when it comes to taking care of a person and having their lives in your hands. A hospital or the BON isn't willing to take that chance.
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    Morally abhorrent?. I bet you'd be a ton of fun at a cocktail party. But you probably don't go to those either.

    I agree that the state BON and employer really end up with the final say. The wise would think that use of marijuana, prescribed or not, is taking a risk and should be calculated in context of what his or her license is worth. For me, not worth it... and my state is one of the ones that is (probably) going to legalize it in November.

    I find it interesting that the OP is absent in this discussion after stirring up the hornets' nest.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Sep 26, '12 : Reason: TOS
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    Are.you serious? Think you've been smoking too long...if you don't think that even if you are prescribed for it it won't effect your judgement...really? If your anxiety is that bad and your appetite is that bad....try Remeron does the same thing.....got anxiety? Use stress balls or low dose anti anxiety meds.... where do people get these ideas? Oh yeah they smoke weed...bash of you will but nothing you can say justifies that...no BON is going to condone that prescribed or not
    Last edit by Esme12 on Sep 26, '12 : Reason: TOS
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    Quote from apocatastasis
    Morally abhorrent?. I bet you'd be a ton of fun at a cocktail party. But you probably don't go to those either.

    I agree that the state BON and employer really end up with the final say. The wise would think that use of marijuana, prescribed or not, is taking a risk and should be calculated in context of what his or her license is worth. For me, not worth it... and my state is one of the ones that is (probably) going to legalize it in November.

    I find it interesting that the OP is absent in this discussion after stirring up the hornets' nest.

    You don't know me, however, I know families and relationships that have been destroyed because people begin to care more about marijuana than they do about any of the people who care about them, and let's not talk about the people who have thrown their lives and careers away over getting high.. so yes, it is morally abhorrent to me. A nurse is responsible for the safety of their patients, and if you're high, you can't be a responsible nurse, and are likely to make poor decisions and care will suffer.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Sep 26, '12 : Reason: added


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