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new job, can I be denied job for benzo PRN

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Is a nurse allowed to be on Benzos in Florida? Prescribed PRN

mmc51264, ADN, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes. Has 9 years experience.

that should be between employee health and your physician.

catsmeow1972, BSN, RN

Specializes in OR. Has 15 years experience.

Nope...nada, don’t even bother asking. They are of the opinion that ANYTHING anyone has found a way to abuse is verboten. I’m surprised they don’t test for caffeine and nicotine. Oh but cigarette smoking is a fine addiction.
it’s because, ya know, every single person in their clutches must be an addict. Because that’s how you’re treated whether it’s appropriate or not.

Makes no damn sense, right? Right, now your getting it.

@catsmeow1972 so I can be denied a job for being on a benzo?

@mmc51264 so should I have my physician write employee health a letter?

catsmeow1972, BSN, RN

Specializes in OR. Has 15 years experience.

4 minutes ago, seeing123 said:

@catsmeow1972 so I can be denied a job for being on a benzo?

Oh, I thought you were referring to IPN, given the forum you’ve posted in. Assuming those creeps aren’t all up in your business like they are with people unfortunate enough to encounter them, I don’t see why not. If every med (pain meds, benzodiazepines, anything controlled) was nixed for every person, there’d be nobody working.🤷‍♀️

Presuming you’ve got a current prescription for them, no, I would not think simply having it for PRN usage and why, would be no one’s business except yours and your prescribing doc.

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Tweety, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac. Has 28 years experience.

I live in Florida and have a coworker on them. Having known her before and after I can say she needs them.

I do think that having a note from your doctor that the prescription will not affect your job performance and judgement would be a good thing to have, especially since you're going to flunk any drug screening.

@Tweety Thank you for letting me know. I have only taken one benzo since life situation has changed and has improved my overall state of well being. However, since it can still come up on a drug exam, I want to know how I should approach it.

What about the employment drug screen. Does the prescription justify?

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Right- that's what I'm wondering.... I took 2 meds about 40 days ago, life situation changed and I do not need/want to take anymore. I'm about to start a new job and I'm wondering how I could go about it

My pre employment screening is coming up. I'm a new grad, prescribed benzos two months ago. Only took 1 dose and because life has turned around, I have no need to keep taking them. Anyway, can I be denied a job if I list that I have taken a prescribed benzo?

FolksBtrippin, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Public Health.

Are they actually asking you pre employment what medications you take/ have taken?

That would be inappropriate.

If you are taking a drug test, you need to let them know what meds you CURRENTLY take. If it has been a month, it's too long to count.

They are asking what meds I'm currently taking (including PRNs). They also ask for mental health diagnosed in the past so I'm already having to reveal that.

Been there,done that, ASN, RN

Has 33 years experience.

16 minutes ago, seeing123 said:

They are asking what meds I'm currently taking (including PRNs). They also ask for mental health diagnosed in the past so I'm already having to reveal that.

You do NOT have to reveal that. Against ADA regulations to even ask. You took ONE freaking benzo. Do not admit to the PRN prescription. This employer is looking to narrow down the field and will quickly do so if you admit to anxiety and a benzo prescription.

FolksBtrippin, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Public Health.

You are not required to tell them your mental health history and it is not their business to know that.

They also have no way of finding out unless you tell them. Don't.

FolksBtrippin, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Public Health.

You don't need to do anything about it unless and until you need to take a drug test. Then you provide them with your prescription, if you have taken it recently. If you haven't, then don't.