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