Soon-to-be RN student with an introduction and question...

  1. Hi everyone!

    Like most new posters, I've been lurking at this site for some time now. I'd really like to thank everyone who participates here; the information is extremely useful (if not,at times, hilarious :chuckle ) and has given me some insight into the ups and downs, and ins and outs, of nursing!

    I am a 26 yr old female and am currently registered for a seat in my local hospital's diploma RN program (first semester begins in September). I'm very excited about the program and happy to see all of my hard work on pre-reqs etc finally coming to a head. I am more than a little nervous though, having NO medical background; however, I bought some used nursing texts off of ebay and am trying to get a head start since I understand I'm in for a wild ride

    Anyway, I have a concern which I was hoping someone here may be able to clear up for me. Last week, I received my first package of paperwork from the hospital with all of the required forms/exams included (standard stuff such as full physical, background clearances, immunizations, etc.) While looking over the physical form I notice that there is a spot for "Drug abuse/ use, past and present". My concern is that while I've been clean for well over a year (therefore not worried at all about urinalysis), when I first began seeing my Primary Care Physician I told her that I smoke marijuana on occasion. I was raised to be completely honest with health care providers and have always done so to ensure quality care. Now I kinda regret it, as I'm looking at the "past history of drug use" blank on this form and worrying that it is going to end my career before it starts

    Can anyone kind soul shed some light here? I've never been convicted of anything (drug or other) in my life and I know that my body is clean enough to pass urinalysis--or even hair testing if I had to. Is the fact that I admitted to smoking pot in the past likely to remove me from the nursing class??? I'd like to be honest and go to the same Dr. as always for the physical, as I'm not really ashamed that I smoked at times, but at this point I'm wondering if I should just see a new Dr. without that past information on my file. Any advice would be very welcome--I don't really have anyone else to ask.

    Thanks tons and glad to be a member of this board
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  3. by   rach_nc_03
    Quote from Luciole
    Hi everyone!

    Like most new posters, I've been lurking at this site for some time now. I'd really like to thank everyone who participates here; the information is extremely useful (if not,at times, hilarious :chuckle ) and has given me some insight into the ups and downs, and ins and outs, of nursing!

    I am a 26 yr old female and am currently registered for a seat in my local hospital's diploma RN program (first semester begins in September). I'm very excited about the program and happy to see all of my hard work on pre-reqs etc finally coming to a head. I am more than a little nervous though, having NO medical background; however, I bought some used nursing texts off of ebay and am trying to get a head start since I understand I'm in for a wild ride

    Anyway, I have a concern which I was hoping someone here may be able to clear up for me. Last week, I received my first package of paperwork from the hospital with all of the required forms/exams included (standard stuff such as full physical, background clearances, immunizations, etc.) While looking over the physical form I notice that there is a spot for "Drug abuse/ use, past and present". My concern is that while I've been clean for well over a year (therefore not worried at all about urinalysis), when I first began seeing my Primary Care Physician I told her that I smoke marijuana on occasion. I was raised to be completely honest with health care providers and have always done so to ensure quality care. Now I kinda regret it, as I'm looking at the "past history of drug use" blank on this form and worrying that it is going to end my career before it starts

    Can anyone kind soul shed some light here? I've never been convicted of anything (drug or other) in my life and I know that my body is clean enough to pass urinalysis--or even hair testing if I had to. Is the fact that I admitted to smoking pot in the past likely to remove me from the nursing class??? I'd like to be honest and go to the same Dr. as always for the physical, as I'm not really ashamed that I smoked at times, but at this point I'm wondering if I should just see a new Dr. without that past information on my file. Any advice would be very welcome--I don't really have anyone else to ask.

    Thanks tons and glad to be a member of this board
    ....if they kept people out of nursing school for past recreational marijuana use, there'd probably be less than 4 people in my class!

    In all seriousness, I think you'll be ok. I didn't acknowledge any of my past recreational drug use on my physical form, and I didn't feel that it was relevant.
  4. by   Luciole
    Quote from rach_nc_03
    ....if they kept people out of nursing school for past recreational marijuana use, there'd probably be less than 4 people in my class!

    In all seriousness, I think you'll be ok. I didn't acknowledge any of my past recreational drug use on my physical form, and I didn't feel that it was relevant.
    Thanks a lot Rach_nc ! I guess I was just over-reacting Your bit of insight helps to put things in perspective
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Welcome to All Nurses
  6. by   Luciole
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Welcome to All Nurses
    Thanks Marie! I'm glad to be here!!!
  7. by   kenni
    if you don't tell they won't know.:chuckle
  8. by   1RNTutor
    Hello Luciole - and congratulations in beating what could have become a disasterous habit

    I agree with the earlier replies you've had - that you're not the first person with this type of thing in the past. If you are clean and intend to stay that way there is no way that past experience should keep you out of nursing school or licensure anywhere in the US. I also tend to agree that if you don't tell how will they know, with a degree of caution.

    My wise old mother once told me to 'never give anyone a stick to beat you with' and I think that applies two ways in situations like this one. You may be uncomfortable purposefully omitting to disclose requested information especially if there is any kind of penalty should such information surface later. You do have a right to privacy and confidentiality in this matter but it's sometimes hard to predict where and when this type of information shows up.

    If you have a good relationship with your primary physician, consider asking her/him to complete the form with the request that any information not directly related to any current condition or treatment be kept confidential. That way your MD provides only essential information over a professional signature and you can't be penalized for any lack of disclosure. - S.L.
  9. by   Luciole
    Thanks everyone for your input.

    Unfortunately, although I've been going to the same Physician for several years, since I'm lucky enough to be a very healthy young lady, I can't say that I have a real "relationship" with my Doc. I think I've seen her maybe twice and been to her clinic 4x. I have no idea if she'd be co-operative or not in omitting my past use :stone It is good advice though

    I think my best bet may be to just have a new physician complete the physical. No matter what I decide though, you've all been a big help just by calming me down some

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