I would never consider working with any
narcotics in my system. A number of years ago, I fell and broke my wrist -- I was in a lot of pain at first (of course!), and had Percocet ordered by the orthopod who casted me. When I called in and told my nurse manager that I expected to be out sick for a couple days while I was taking the Percocet, and I would return to work once I could manage on Motrin or something, she tried v. hard to talk me into coming on into work (3rd shift, only nurse, on a psych unit). I thought at first maybe she had just misunderstood me, and explained again, "No, you don't understand, I'm taking NARCOTICS ..."
She said, oh no, it would be FINE for me to come to work, not a problem at all, really.
But you know whose license would have been in trouble if anything went wrong on the unit one of those nights, right? I doubt she would have been stepping forward to say, "It's really MY fault, because she didn't want to come to work, but I told her it would be ok ..." The hospital would have left me hanging in a heartbeat.
I'm not interested in being one of those names listed in the BON newsletter discplinary section! :chuckle