Pre-employment physical

  1. Hi all,
    I will be finishing my nursing degree in one month and I have a question regarding the pre-employment physical. I'm hep-c positive and have been since having a clotting factor after a surgery at 12 years of age. I has been almost 20 years and I'm in great shape with no physical problems. Is this something that will be help against me when I attempt to apply for a job? Also, is it confidential or will it be disclosed to my manager? This is a private matter to me and I'm just wondering who all I'll need to disclose this information too. I would greatly appreciate input from anyone who knows about this. Thank you.
    Lea
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  3. by   anc33
    you definitely do not need to disclose this. it does not affect your job performance in any way.
  4. by   caliotter3
    I'll repeat to you what my PCP told me. Anything about your health that does not impact or affect your job performance or ability to do your job, does not have to be disclosed.
  5. by   mlmRN30
    Thank you both very much.
  6. by   Montessori Mommy
    I'm going for my pre-employment physical next week, and was told to bring a list of the medications I take. That seems an odd request, doesn't it? As long as I pass the drug screen, do they really need to know what meds I take? (I don't take anything I'm concerned about, but it seems an invasion of privacy!)
  7. by   caliotter3
    In every employment physical I have ever taken, whether paid for the employer or by myself, I have never been asked to provide a list of my meds.
  8. by   Lacie
    Quote from caliotter3
    In every employment physical I have ever taken, whether paid for the employer or by myself, I have never been asked to provide a list of my meds.
    same here. Usually a drug screen but that's as far as it goes. I dont get questioned nor would I a prospective employee what meds they take unless it was a failed ua.
  9. by   RunnerRN
    IMO, all that needs to be checked in a preemployment physical is ability to lift and absence of back problems. They don't need to know if I'm on BCP, antidepressants, etc. I had to go for a "lifting physical" before my last job, and thought it was the greatest thing ever. They made me push a w/c full of weights, lift a weighted box, and other things related to our work. I just thought it was a wonderful idea to make sure people were using good form with lifts and pushing.
  10. by   CritterLover
    every drug screen i've ever had required a list of all meds that were being taken, including otc meds..

    most of my pre-employment drug screens have been done at a lab. however, my last two jobs have done the screen in employee health, and the employee health nurse was the one that got the med list.
  11. by   dexter99
    In Pre employment screening you will be screened for hepa. They will find out if you are in an infectious state or a carrier. If you are infectious (active) then they may not hire you. But that's discrimination.. So they just might say "Oh we're sorry the position is filled up." It's really a though choice wether to disclose it or not because whichever you choose there are disadvantages. Like if you don't disclose it and they found out they might consider it a ground for dismissal(dishonesty). So just be honest about your medical history as much as possible if they dont hire you because of that its their loss! About the meds they ask what meds you're taking so that if they find it in your drug test they can identify it and it will be easier to clear you.. There are some diet pills who have amphetamines so maybe that's their purpose.. Its not as if you take it on purpose but you just dont know it contain this and that ingredient. Goodluck!
  12. by   justme1972
    Quote from critterlover
    every drug screen i've ever had required a list of all meds that were being taken, including otc meds..

    most of my pre-employment drug screens have been done at a lab. however, my last two jobs have done the screen in employee health, and the employee health nurse was the one that got the med list.
    agreed. that has been my case too.
  13. by   anc33
    I have never had a pre-employment physical that included a blood draw. I don't think that I would ever agree to that though. Urine drug screens, yes, blood, no. These physicals should only be assessing your ability to do the job (color tests, reading tests, motor skills, etc). You only should have to provide meds if you test positive for something, especially with many false positives from OTCs like Prilosec. Also, if you volunteer information, ie pregnancy or HCV, they may indeed discriminate against you under the guise of a different issue. Keep mum and stick to your guns.
  14. by   CritterLover
    my last two pre-employment physicals also included lab draws.

    i'm trying to remember what labs were run. i know i had titers drawn, and your employer certainly has the right to do that.

    i can't remember if a cbc or chemistry panel was run. i don't think so. for the life of me, i can't even remember how many tubes were drawn.

    i would think they could get away with checking at least a hct to check for anemia, since that could certainly impact your ability to do your job. i'm fairly certain that they can't do an hiv test; it would follow that they can't check for hep c, either. but that could very well vary from state to state. (and before anyone says anything, i work in a state that does not require consent for an hiv test)

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