'Cannabis nurse' gives up license (Albany Democrat-Herald) - page 2

A local nurse and medicinal marijuana advocate fired last April by Samaritan Health Services for refusing to take a drug test has surrendered his nursing license rather than stop using pot. ... Read More

  1. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from stevielynn
    I like the phrasing "toweldryonly" uses too . . . . "bell end" and "smacked out of their tits'" . . . .

    As to half of docs being smacked out of their tits . . .I also disagree with that.

    But we do have a problem with medical folks using drugs . . . .CRNA's and anesthesiologists with Fentanyl, nurses stealing Vicodin, docs on "laughing gas" . . (local stories) . . . .

    Just what we need, another impaired person with the power to hurt others.

    steph

    Amen Steph, sigh...
  2. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from GardenDove
    Well, they must not be strictly enforcing this because I had both these pts in the last month or two. The last one was in CCU 3, I remember him clearly. He and I discussed it, he told me it was for pain. I thought he was going to be on the light and needy, but he turned out to be a pretty nice pt. He was in for new onset A-fib I think, and was over metoprolized and was bradycardic all night.
    Question, don't they have the pharmaceutical equivalent in pill form? Seems to me they have/did? Not THC but something like it.

    Anyone?
  3. by   GardenDove
    Quote from zoeboboey
    Question, don't they have the pharmaceutical equivalent in pill form? Seems to me they have/did? Not THC but something like it.

    Anyone?
    I didn't question this pt about how he took it, but assumed he smoked it. I thought that was the advantage of it for cancer pts, that they could smoke it for nausea. Wouldn't a pill defeat that purpose? Anyways, I think his doc was pretty liberal on it and probably prescibed it to make him happy. I'm pretty sure his doctor was my doctor, and she's very hip and liberal and I'm certain she would prescribe it if a pt wanted it.
  4. by   Spritenurse1210
    oooh boy.
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    Funny, just this morning in the paper there was an article about the teen brain "The adolescent brain always has puzzled adults." . . .. "the adolescent brain has not completed maturation and the prefrontal lobe has yet to learn the skill of directing the mental orchestra. Instead, it functions more like a soloist, which limits its mental prowess".

    Maybe some folks just never get their orchestra together.

    steph
  6. by   rsh3rn
    About pot in a pill, it is called meridol and is used to stimulate appetite in patients if I recall correctly. It doesn't have the same effects as mj smoked according to those pts that I have asked. I have to make my statement on drug control here. Right now the people making the laws and nurse pratice acts are not held to the same level as those who they make the rules for. I'm not for or against mj legalization, but think that if the govt can force drug testing on student athletes, and businesses can force employees, then why are we not doing random drug tests on ellected officials? I would love to know what the leaders of the free world are using in their down time
  7. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from rsh3rn
    About pot in a pill, it is called meridol and is used to stimulate appetite in patients if I recall correctly. It doesn't have the same effects as mj smoked according to those pts that I have asked. I have to make my statement on drug control here. Right now the people making the laws and nurse pratice acts are not held to the same level as those who they make the rules for. I'm not for or against mj legalization, but think that if the govt can force drug testing on student athletes, and businesses can force employees, then why are we not doing random drug tests on ellected officials? I would love to know what the leaders of the free world are using in their down time
    Actually you make a very good point regarding drug testing. My dh and I have always thought the teachers at the local high school should volunteer to be drug tested in solidarity with the kids who have to be drug tested. It would make a great statement to the kids that the teachers are willing to stand up and be counted when it comes to not using illegal drugs.

    Grownups can look like such hypocrites . . this would be a great way to get through to the kids that you can live your life w/o altering your mind.

    steph
  8. by   GardenDove
    I like that idea of testing government leaders. Great idea! I personally wouldn't mind being subject to random testing, my hospital doesn't even do pre employment testing. We're dealing with people's lives here, just like airline pilots and truckers. Are they tested?
  9. by   BSNtobe2009
    When my much-older cousin had brain cancer, we knew of someone in the area that (ah-hem)..had the "stuff" that was 100% natural b/c he raised it himself.

    She had never smoked at all, plus she was a Christian, but the poor thing was wasted away. Her husband said we needed to do something (she was terminal and it was all about buying time). We put it in chocolate and cookies for her to consume...and it did it's trick.
  10. by   GardenDove
    I think I was the heaviest of my life when I graduated high school, the results of my heavy marijuana intake my last year of school I weighed over 145 lbs, I've never weighed that much since, except when I was pregnant. If I still smoked pot I would be fat.
  11. by   Gromit
    totally agree as regards testing of our public officials.
    They really should be subject to the same laws and rules as their constituents. But I won't go holding my breath
    Offered to acquire the stuff for my late mother (during her latter years of cancer) but she said 'no'. My mom was one of those people who took the law very seriously. I take pain and nausea very seriously, and would have done anything within my abilities (legal or not) to make her comfortable.
    But thats past.
  12. by   911fltrn
    Nurses should not use marijuana.

    However with that being said I have a real problem with the federal government telling states what to do.


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  13. by   Gromit
    Thats ok, the title says it all for me. Anyone who really thinks that we live under a fascist 'regime' as the whackos like to call it, is kind of insulting those who actually DO. Much like those who considder what the media called 'torture' (referencing the prisoners having to wear a dog leash and be photographed wearing womens clothings etc etc etc) is a bit of an insult to those who really WERE tortured during the world wars, vietnam, etc etc.
    Our country (the USA) has its faults, but nowhere near the degree that the media and many of the leftists would like you to believe.
    In short, thanks but no thanks.

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