Warning Signs Of Nurses Addicted To Drugs - page 2
here is a news story with video an increasing number of delaware valley nurses are addicted to drugs and they're using on job. investigative reporter jim osman warns us of a sign that a nurse... Read More
Dec 4, '05Occupation: 20+ yr RN Specialty: 15 year(s) of experience in Critical Care ; From: US ; Joined: May '05; Posts: 7,520; Likes: 4,027Quote from grannynurse FNP studentMany do divert. Some don't - and using technology like the pyxis is no substitute for good judgement by peers. The old saying holds true here too: treat the person, not the machine.I wonder how many realise that impaired nurses do not divert or steal from their patients? And that many do not use at work?
And the ones that don't use at work - it depends on the situation.
Do I personally have a problem with the social pot smoker that toked up on friday night and it is out of their system and they are unimpaired Monday morning? No.
But until we discover a way to determine how long ago pot entered your system, you have to ban it.
Dec 5, '05Occupation: psychrn Joined: Jan '03; Posts: 569; Likes: 29It is just too bad that we have to be discussing this subject at all, but while we're at it , what could be some tell-tale signs?:uhoh21: :uhoh21: I strongly suspect a co-worker. She is clever, though, and has her head up the supervisor's soft spot. I am just so afraid she will screw things up. I am taking all the hours I can get outside of my regular speciality which I love. We have a pixis. Any way I can confirm my suspicions?
Not paranoid or anything,
Dec 7, '05Occupation: Hospice Nurse Specialty: Rehab, Step-down,Tele,Hospice ; Joined: Sep '03; Posts: 355; Likes: 55Random urine screens don't work either, a little Lasix and B12 and you can hide anything. Maybe the hair test would work but I have heard they are very very expensive.
Dec 11, '05Occupation: CRNA Specialty: 45 year(s) of experience ; From: MI, US ; Joined: Nov '03; Posts: 1,681; Likes: 2,189Quote from RNKITTY04Hair tests are useful for detecting chronic use but are no substitute for a random test. Random tests do work because people are caught all the time. However, people should know that a routine urine screen does not detect Fentanyl. If Fentanyl is believed to be the drug of choice it must be indicated on the specimen. If anyone suspects a nurse of diverting drugs from a pyxis then pharmacy must be notified and they will do the initial investigation. If someone is behaving wacko at work the urine should be tested immediately. Refusal can be grounds for reporting the nurse. It might be enough of a carrot to get someone into treatment and enrolled in a non-punitive program. If they refuse treatment then its reportable to the disciplinary agency.Random urine screens don't work either, a little Lasix and B12 and you can hide anything. Maybe the hair test would work but I have heard they are very very expensive.