New to this site, so still figuring things out. I was hoping that some of the fellow nurses or nursing students could address this issue for me. I am from California and I applied to nursing school (in Sacramento, CA) and will be hearing back on November 27. It is a point based system, so I suspect that I will get into the program. However, I am really concerned about the drug screening.
I have epilepsy and I have been prescribed multiple medications for it. One of the medications is Klonopin, which falls into the benzodiazepine category. For now, I take up to 1mg per day, PRN; however, I am allowed to take 1mg up to 4 times in one day. In the future, Klonopin may become a medication that I take for seizure disorder daily.
I have valid RXs for every medication that I take. The reason I am worried is that I have read so much conflicting information on whether or not nurses are allowed to take medications like this, and if they're allowed to work while dealing with a psychological/neurological disorder. I don't want to jeopardize my future career, I tried so hard to get to where I am at right now, but I can't just drop the medications :/ Please let me know your experiences, and hopefully, make me feel better
Thanks so much for your input.