St. Cloud Hospital suspends nurse after 23 inadvertently infected - page 6

A St. Cloud Hospital nurse is suspended pending an investigation into claims that the nurse inadvertently introduced bacterial infections into 23 patients while stealing pain medication from... Read More

  1. Visit  ♪♫ in my ♥ profile page
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    Nurses are no different than anybody else so one would expect that their rates of addictions - to drugs, food, gambling, sex, etc - would be no lower than across the general population. Given the job stress, in fact, I'd imagine that it may be higher.

    Couple that with the easy access and... voila.

    The question is less one of *why* and more one of *what to do about it.*

    I would not be surprised - especially with the Reep Resurgence - to see a move toward mandatory random drug testing just as is seen in the transportation industry and the public safety industry.
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    "The question is less one of *why* and more one of *what to do about it.*

    I would not be surprised - especially with the Reep Resurgence - to see a move toward mandatory random drug testing just as is seen in the transportation industry and the public safety industry."

    Although it is a disgusting story, it seems to be more and more common.
    Random drug testing seems like it might be in the near future. Hey, truck drivers gotta do it, why not nurses?
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    Quote from jmira
    Although it is a disgusting story, it seems to be more and more common.
    Random drug testing seems like it might be in the near future. Hey, truck drivers gotta do it, why not nurses?
    How 'bout because it's an invasion of privacy without probable cause?

    How 'bout because false positives can destroy someone's life?

    How 'bout because a *true* positive for something politically unpopular but not shown to be detrimental to patient care could still destroy one's life?
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    Quote from ♪♫ in my ♥
    How 'bout because it's an invasion of privacy without probable cause?

    How 'bout because false positives can destroy someone's life?

    How 'bout because a *true* positive for something politically unpopular but not shown to be detrimental to patient care could still destroy one's life?
    So why is ok for truck drivers? Because it's for public safety and serves the greater good.

    False positives are not that common and are usually resolved with retesting.

    Politically unpopular or not it's illegal except in some specific circumstances. (And is a topic for another thread.)
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    so why is ok for truck drivers? in short -- it's not.

    false positives are not that common and are usually resolved with retesting. which is all fine... unless you're the one wrongly targeted.

    politically unpopular or not it's illegal except in some specific circumstances. again, illegal doesn't mean impaired, especially when discussing compounds for which no level of impairment has been defined... or even can be so far as i'm aware.
    nope, the civil libertarian in me refuses to give up any more of the little privacy that we have left.

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