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My coworker was high and got away with it

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SmilingBluEyes has 20 years experience.

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Not sure how to edit the post so I can add my clarifications, but reposting this.

Sorry I should clarify a few things

1. Jon is known to be the party go-er in our unit. All my unit does, is talk about partying and going for 4/20.

2. To explain the text message. It was during our lunch break. Jon's friend sent him a nursing related meme/photo. Jon showed me the meme/photo. Directly above the meme was a text message saying to his friend that Jon was "I am still high at work."

3. I have snapchat on my phone I saw him physically eating edibles on story. (EDIT) With the caption "Happy 4/20"

4. I showed the charge nurse, but she doesn't fully understand edibles. I would assume he deleted it after I confronted him.

You just don't get it; this is NONE of your business.

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blondy2061h has 15 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Oncology.

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far fetched. If I saw a white powdery substance on someone's countertop with a description of the picture saying it's time to hit the slopes, I am not going to jump to conclusions they are about to do lines of cocaine. It could a a flipping joke and that white substance can be flour.

In short, mind your own business because it can get you caught up in a lot of unnecessary heartache.

If you are upset he did not invite you move on.

Obviously it was snow and they wanted to go skiing

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Wolf at the Door has 7 years experience.

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Obviously it was snow and they wanted to go skiing

Obviously nothing...I am confused. Skiing is a term for snorting cocaine. To make that assumption you have to understand what skiing means just like edibles. Still none of your business. Someone involved with drugs the situation will play itself out.

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Emergent has 25 years experience.

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I looked up 4/20. I used to be young and the know, but now I'm hopelessly out of touch apparently.

I thought 4/20 referring to the date that this happened since it was I think the day before the original post.

:laugh:

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MunoRN has 10 years experience as a RN and specializes in Critical Care.

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Are you having trouble reading? Or are you just trying to twist my words? For kicks and giggles, I'll repeat myself: my concern is with getting drunk before work, not outside of work on your own time.

We're talking about what someone (supposedly) did on the day before work, not same day right before a shift.

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HermioneG has 1 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Emergency Nursing.

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I had to report someone to a charge nurse one time, and it was something that I thought long and hard about before doing. I even sought advice from a trusted mentor (who didn't know anyone involved) before I did it, and when I did talk to the Charge nurse I felt like the worst snitch ever. I think that's how it should be, though. We shouldn't be eager to get someone into trouble, or be snooping or looking for a reason. We should keep our eyes open, of course, but I tend to mistrust people who seem to be so keen to police others.. No offense, just saying the impression your posts are giving off whether you mean it that way or not.

In my situation I ended up speaking with the Charge privately, and conversation points included:

I'm not pretending to know all the details, because I don't

I could be completely misunderstanding the situation, but what I did see was XYZ

I don't want anyone to get into trouble, and I wasn't sure if I should say anything, but ultimately I decided that I needed to bring it up

I want to let you know that I fully intend to not bring this up again after our talk (meaning I'm not going to be running my mouth about it to others or playing detective or speculating because it's not fair or nice and also creates gossip)

The Charge nurse asked me a few questions, thanked me, and I literally never brought it up again. I don't know if they told anyone else about it, if they looked into it, if they spoke privately with the individual... I have no idea. And unless they pull you in to ask you more questions, shouldn't it be like that? Of course, privately, I always kept a closer eye on this individual whenever I happened to see them, but you've got to be able to trust people up the chain of command to handle the situation. Unless you see direct indications that a patient is in danger, or very strong red flags, you need to trust your charge nurse and let it go. Involving yourself further, unless asked for some reason by management, is not only above your paygrade, it's really not appropriate...

I don't think that necessarily reporting it was wrong, but I don't agree whatsoever with the manner in which you handled the rest of it. Involving yourself in the investigation, following up on the outcome, and even the title of this thread seem to give off the impression that you've decided for yourself that this person is guilty and therefore it's your job to make management see it as so. You can really damage someone, their job, and their reputation if you don't handle these things properly. It's just not right... :(

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blondy2061h has 15 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Oncology.

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Obviously nothing...I am confused. Skiing is a term for snorting cocaine. To make that assumption you have to understand what skiing means just like edibles. Still none of your business. Someone involved with drugs the situation will play itself out.

I was joking... And many downhill skiing. Like the sport. No drugs required.

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I don't agree with what you did in any way - I think it wasn't your place at all.

However, you did what you felt you needed to do. You're asking what to do next - the answer is nothing. I can't imagine what you expect out of this situation - what's your end goal here?

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pixierose is a BSN, RN and specializes in Neuro-ICU, psych.

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I looked up 4/20. I used to be young and the know, but now I'm hopelessly out of touch apparently.

I thought 4/20 referring to the date that this happened since it was I think the day before the original post.

:laugh:

Aww, Emergent -- the more you know!

(That's actually really sweet ... not in a condescending way)

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Paws2people has 13 years experience.

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This is why we shouldn't have our coworkers on our social media.

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Penelope_Pitstop has 13 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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Careful. Next investigation may involve Betty Crocker.

Betty Crocker? More like Betty CRACKHEAD! You mean to tell me that woman wasn't high 24/7? And don't get me started on Drunken Hines.

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~Mi Vida Loca~RN has 6 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Emergency Dept. Trauma. Pediatrics.

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When I read this thread I automatically think of Scooby doo and the whole "I would've gotten away with it if not for you meddling coworkers"

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