drug testing for nursing school

  1. I was curious as to when I might be tested. I have orientation to discuss the overall program August 8. I am in the cep program where I will do clinicals at a community college which doesn't start until January but will take online classes at a university called Asu that starts August 16. So I wanna know if I will be tested at orientation or soon after or maybe not until clinicals start
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  3. by   J.Adderton
    When I taught, we tested during orientation. If your clinical site requires drug testing- it is possible you will be tested again.
  4. by   ctdfmags
    My general advice for people is to stop using drugs the moment you decide you want to be a nurse.
  5. by   Arizona2bnurse1
    This is orientation for the overall program because clinicals won't start until January so that's why I wouldn't think they would test me yet but idk
  6. by   Guy in Babyland
    Quote from Arizonanurse1
    This is orientation for the overall program because clinicals won't start until January so that's why I wouldn't think they would test me yet but idk
    Why is this even a dilemma for you? Once you decided to go to nursing school STOP TAKING DRUGS. Problem solved.

    If trying to decide when is the last possible day you can stop and pass the drug screen, you have a problem and shouldn't go into nursing. Take a look at the Recovery Forum on this site and read all the stories about nurses that have to pay a lot of money for frequent drug tests and have stipulations on their license for years or suspended licence, all because of drugs (including marijuana).
  7. by   Wiggly Litchi
    Quote from Arizonanurse1
    This is orientation for the overall program because clinicals won't start until January so that's why I wouldn't think they would test me yet but idk
    I was tested during orientation, and then I was tested again when I used a Dr. affiliated with the school (wooo cheap Dr. visits!), and I expect to be tested again throughout the program.

    You can be tested at.any.time.
  8. by   araew2129
    Here in tucson, our CEP program tests on orientation day and if you don't pass, you are quietly removed from class that afternoon.
  9. by   JustBeachyNurse
    Tested upon admission, before first clinical and then subject to random testing or testing for cause through graduation.
  10. by   meanmaryjean
    quit now and forever and avoid having to worry about drug testing.
    Last edit by sirI on Aug 5 : Reason: referred to edited name
  11. by   KelRN215
    Quote from Arizona2bnurse1
    This is orientation for the overall program because clinicals won't start until January so that's why I wouldn't think they would test me yet but idk
    Ok, take your chances then. Just don't be surprised if they drug test you during orientation and you're kicked out of the program before you start for popping positive.
  12. by   oops I bradyed again
    We were drug tested as part of the admissions process before the first semester even started. It takes so much dedication and hard work to, not only get into nursing school, but also get through it. Why risk it all!?
  13. by   Emergent
    Don't worry about it. Enjoy yourself before all the stress of nursing school. You deserve it!
  14. by   lmichelle25
    If you're worried about failing a drug test and you're unable to stop yourself from doing whatever at the risk of possibly being kicked out of nursing school and never being able to return, then I would suggest putting your acceptance on hold (some will let you hold off until the next year if you need to, so maybe check with your program) until you get to the root of the problem and get your life in order. I hope you listen to everyone's advice and consider the possible reprocussions of failing a drug test in school, or worse, practicing under the influence. Please consider your options and maybe talk to a professional about why you're having a hard time stopping whatever has a hold on you. Best of luck!!

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