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  • 28

    Quote from hillbillienurse
    I did not present my question as a complaint, but as a question. I wrote the question for a friend. Now that the bad attitude bunch has squealed and shaken a crooked finger, I will wait and be appreciative of answers that aren't laden with venom from elsewhere.
    What "venom"? You asked a question and a few different people have answered. I don't read anything negative or critical in the responses. Yes, an RN can be assigned to work as a CNA. Most of us have had that experience over the years at one time or another. I've never minded it particularly; I was getting paid my usual wages for what was usually a much easier shift.

  • 25

    Yea no venom detected. Test results do show elevated levels of butt hurt.

  • 21

    Non nurses, business and marketing people trying to decide what is best for nurses. We've been telling you for years: Staff us properly.

  • 19

    There's generally not any reason why they can't, this is why job descriptions usually include a phrase along the lines of "and other duties as directed". Personally I don't have any problem with this, being the best paid CNA around usually isn't something to complain about.

  • 16

    Quote from Emergent
    My thought is that, wouldn't having random drug testing hanging over ones head deter nurses from even starting a habit? People don't start out addicted. They have to cross that line for the first time. Then the use gradually escalates into physical addiction.

    I detest random drug testing as much as anyone. But, it's like a vaccine. We KNOW, statistically, that a certain percentage of nurses are prone to addiction if exposed to certain substances. We have to PREVENT the person from catching this disease that not everyone will be susceptible to. I found out after my surgery last year that I'm not prone to opiate addiction. But some people are, and it''s probably a genetic predisposition.

    I would submit to random testing in order to prevent my colleagues from being exposed to substances that could trigger this disease in them.
    People become addicted to drugs /alcohol for 2 reasons, emotional or physical pain. The threat of RDS will not deter.You are not your brother's keeper. Do not give up your personal freedoms to protect anyone.
    Again , let the powers that be.. do their thing.

  • 14

    I think you might be over simplifying addiction a bit? In my experience, the vast majority of nurses who divert aren't picking up the addiction from work. They usually end up addicted through legal means - like surgery - first, which is also the trend for the rest of the US. Once a nurse is stealing, it's usually a sign that they are pretty advanced in the addiction process.

    Also as someone in her state's program, we don't need any more recreational MJ users which is all the random drug screens seem to catch.


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