Nurses who smoke Marijuana? - page 8

Hello all, I am currently taking my prerequisites for Nursing. I know two nurses, one is a friend of my mothers and she is a Nurse Practitioner and my boyfriend's mother is a charge nurse in the... Read More

  1. by   RNlove17
    Should MJ be legal...yea probably, seeing as how alcohol is and it's a pretty "mild" substance. But it isn't federally, at least not yet, so they can do whatever they want to you if found out. If you want to stay in nursing, it's better to just avoid it. I work at a place that doesn't drug test and could probably get away with it easily. But I don't smoke it and have no desire to, nor would I risk it anyway even if I was into it. So if you must be inebriated occasionally, stick to alcohol...at least that's legal.
  2. by   cayenne06
    1. Marijuana should be legalized on the federal level for recreational and medical use. Marijuana is less harmful and less impairing than alcohol. The war on drugs has had an overwhelmingly negative effect in our society.

    2. Nurses should never, ever, report to work under the influence of any drug, legal or not.

    3. Marijuana is federally illegal, even if you have a marijuana "prescription." Your workplace is not obligated to continue your employment if you test positive, even with an Rx. Your BON can treat a positive marijuana screen just the same as a positive opiate screen.

    4. Smoking pot while working as an RN is a crapshoot. Even if your job doesn't do random screens, you still run the risk of being tested if there is a med discrepancy in your pyxis or you make an error providing patient care. Regardless of your personal feelings about marijuana, this is just the truth. I know plenty of health care workers who smoke pot- nurses, APNs, and MDs. A significant percentage of the population uses marijuana on a regular basis. Again, this is just the truth. It is almost a surety that at least one of your personal health care providers uses marijuana.

    5. This is not a debate about our personal feelings about marijuana. If you smoke pot, you could potentially lose your freedom to practice nursing. Do I think this is right? No. It's ridiculous. Marijauna users are no more likely to have a drug problem than occassional alcohol drinkers. In fact, maybe they are less likely to have a problem, considering how highly addictive etoh is.


    Quote from MichelleRN34
    I lost my license for over a year for smoking one joint....3 weeks later i had a drug test.....ruined my life for a while....i will never agian partake in any illegal drugs..
    I'm sorry this happened to you, but the reality is that the situation you are describing is not all that likely. After a single use of marijuana, thc metabolites usually clear after just a few days, unless you are a chronic user. It's a common misconception that THC stays in your system for weeks-months. This is only true for heavy smokers.
    http://www.ndci.org/sites/default/files/ndci/THC_Detection_Window_0.pdf


  3. by   MichelleRN34
    Quote from cayenne06
    1. Marijuana should be legalized on the federal level for recreational and medical use. Marijuana is less harmful and less impairing than alcohol. The war on drugs has had an overwhelmingly negative effect in our society. 2. Nurses should never, ever, report to work under the influence of any drug, legal or not. 3. Marijuana is federally illegal, even if you have a marijuana "prescription." Your workplace is not obligated to continue your employment if you test positive, even with an Rx. Your BON can treat a positive marijuana screen just the same as a positive opiate screen. 4. Smoking pot while working as an RN is a crapshoot. Even if your job doesn't do random screens, you still run the risk of being tested if there is a med discrepancy in your pyxis or you make an error providing patient care. Regardless of your personal feelings about marijuana, this is just the truth. I know plenty of health care workers who smoke pot- nurses, APNs, and MDs. A significant percentage of the population uses marijuana on a regular basis. Again, this is just the truth. It is almost a surety that at least one of your personal health care providers uses marijuana. 5. This is not a debate about our personal feelings about marijuana. If you smoke pot, you could potentially lose your freedom to practice nursing. Do I think this is right? No. It's ridiculous. Marijauna users are no more likely to have a drug problem than occassional alcohol drinkers. In fact, maybe they are less likely to have a problem, considering how highly addictive etoh is. I'm sorry this happened to you, but the reality is that the situation you are describing is not all that likely. After a single use of marijuana, thc metabolites usually clear after just a few days, unless you are a chronic user. It's a common misconception that THC stays in your system for weeks-months. This is only true for heavy smokers. http://www.ndci.org/sites/default/fi...n_Window_0.pdf
    I am obese. It is stored in fat cells. I was tested about a week later. I was an occasional user and lost my license over it. I learned from it. Won't happen again.
  4. by   betelgeuse
    I find it sad that none of you think its a double standard that people can drink alcohol when not at work, but cant smoke marijuana. Show me the research on that logic.
  5. by   Twoyearnurse
    The logic is simply that you will be positive for MJ even if you are not high...there isn't proof that it isn't done on the job. It is also illegal in most states. Now if it was legal AND a test could determine if it was only done off the clock id be okay with it.
  6. by   Adele_Michal7
    I don't care what people do in their free time.

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  7. by   Anona-mouse
    "....If you smoke pot, you could potentially lose your freedom to practice nursing. Do I think this is right? No. It's ridiculous. Marijauna users are no more likely to have a drug problem than occassional alcohol drinkers....."

    Despite the numerous posters on this board who admit that their drug problem STARTED with marijuana??? Wake up.
  8. by   subee
    Quote from DavidKarl
    I'll mention this point again, while we debate alcohol, marijuana, Vicodin, and the like. In three states, I believe I discovered, you are now asked by the BON if you have been diagnosed with any mental disorder (including DEPRESSION), or have you been counseled by any mental health practitioner since your last renewal application, and are you taking ANY psychoactive medications INCLUDING antidepressants, for any condition? So, the nanny state is tightening up. Taking an antidepressant may flag your BON, that may need you to be 'evaluated', and possibly even monitored (as if you had committed a crime by treating your depression, since be neing diagnsied with depression, you may be a risk to patient safety?). So, the issue of medical and prescribed marijuana stands out front- are you really safe using that? Using anything? Forewarned= forearmed.
    My old state did not ask that question, neither does the state I just moved to. What state asks the depression question on the application for license? If they denied license to everyone on SSRI's, there would be a severe nursing shortage in that state. Sorry, but I'm going to have to see evidence of this myself.
  9. by   BusyBee91
    I'm curious about people's thoughts and experiences with states that have decriminalized possession/use. Maryland is expected to move to civil penalties instead of criminal shortly. Any thoughts? http://touch.baltimoresun.com/#secti.../p2p-79847212/
  10. by   TXRN2
    @BusyBee91: regardless of how any state penalizes one for smoking pot- the state BON will continue to see it as a huge "no-no" for licensed health professionals.
  11. by   toomuchbaloney
    Quote from Anona-mouse
    "....If you smoke pot, you could potentially lose your freedom to practice nursing. Do I think this is right? No. It's ridiculous. Marijauna users are no more likely to have a drug problem than occassional alcohol drinkers....."

    Despite the numerous posters on this board who admit that their drug problem STARTED with marijuana??? Wake up.
    Alcohol is the gateway drug, not marijuana.
  12. by   elkpark
    Quote from toomuchbaloney
    Alcohol is the gateway drug, not marijuana.
    Or tobacco -- the ultimate "gateway drug."
  13. by   BuckyBadgerRN
    That's 10 years from now (maybe). The fact is, right here, right now, nurses can and DO LOSE (not loose!!!) their hard-earned licenses for deciding to partake in illegal activities such as indulging in pot.

    Quote from nisteber
    Times are changing, in ten years you aren't going to get your license taken away. It's just not going to happen. Maine is about to legalize it next. It's really too bad you lost your license for that long. It's actually awful. I hear some nurses going home after a long shift and drinking a lot of wine by themselves and falling asleep. Holy crap sounds like alcohol abuse to me. Marijuana is no where near as harmful, it's only a matter of time until its moved off of the schedule one drug list and legalized for adults. The girl with fat thumbs is living in the past and is very misinformed.

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