What kind of pre-employment drug screen do most employers do?

  1. I want to apply for jobs but I'm worried about getting a hair test for the pre-employment drug test. I made a stupid decision at a party so I'm just worried about failing a hair test (yes I know it was dumb and I would never do it again ever). What if I just walk out of the place if they want to test my hair? Is that a refusal and automatic fail and would they report that to the board? The nursing community in my town is kinda small so I would be worried about getting blacklisted/getting a bad reputation if I did something like that and never getting hired in this town

    I'm not worried about a UDS at all and know I can pass that, is that what most employers do these days? just test urine?
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  2. 26 Comments

  3. by   ckh23
    Never had my hair tested, only my urine.
  4. by   FutureRN_NP
    I just had my urine and blood test. Never heard they would need to test your hair. Maybe there is such thing but I probably missed it.
  5. by   Altra
    OP, it doesn't really matter what anyone else here has experienced ... it only matters what hurdles you now face as an applicant.
  6. by   northw3
    well I'm unsure of what to do. Don't most hair tests only detect up to 90 days? It's been longer than 90 days so I wonder if I'm fine and just paranoid about nothing? I want to apply for jobs but the thought of a hair test terrifies me
  7. by   MomRN0913
    I've never had a hair test. I wouldn't worry about it.
  8. by   caliotter3
    I would just hang out until I thought the coast, or in this case, the hair, was clear. You are ahead of the game to be aware enough to be concerned, so it might not be a bad idea to take the easy remedy.
  9. by   northw3
    Can't it stay in your hair though for up to a year? That would mean I'd have a long time to wait until I could apply for jobs. I took one of my klonopins that I had saved from a past rx (I was having anxiety issues that day), I'm sure that rx isn't current (probably a year old or something), what if that shows up in my hair too even though I had an old rx for it
  10. by   GitanoRN
    certainly, when i was hired they did the urine, and blood test, however, now a days they do the hair as well. consequently, i was told by one of the reps. that was doing the testing that for a 1/2 inch of hair it goes back 30 days, and they have a 5 panel screening or a 10 panel, and you're correct they mostly go back 90 days. wishing you the best always...aloha~
  11. by   northw3
    so that 1 klonopin I took 2 weeks ago with an expired rx could affect it :\ I guess I'll just wait on applying for now
  12. by   MadpeysRN
    shave your head
  13. by   vwgirl22
    Depends on the substance to which you are referring. If you are in fact referring to 1 klonopin pill, I would not worry about that at all. Apply for the job!
  14. by   SHGR
    If you have a prescription medication and DON'T test positive for it, our clinic would discharge you for violation of drug contract.

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