Hello, the nursing school I was accepted into states that any student who is on a prescribed controlled substance such as adderall, opiate or a benzodiazepine, etc needs to speak with the directors secretary and disclose this information to them and have a conversation about it. She stated, “the hospitals don’t want anyone doing clinicals that have anything show up at all”.... the way she stated it could almost be interpreted as, you may not eligible for the program if you are on these prescribed meds.
Her statements seemed very misguided to me, to put it lightly. I can understand marijuana since that is federally still illegal but some of the listed prescriptions fall under treatments for disabilities and disorders and are very legal with a valid prescription. Her statement seemed borderline discriminatory andexploiting students to disclose their medical information. It was my understanding that if a drug screen comes back positive that the drug screening company will call you, get your prescription info and doctor info and verify it. Once verified they report the results as negative. I don’t see a need for students to have to disclose anything regarding their prescriptions or medical information besides physical clearance, immunization and titers to the school. Has anyone experienced differently?
Are hospitals not allowing students who take these drugs into clinicals now days? Wouldn’t that be deemed discriminatory? Is this statement the directors secretary made about students having to disclose their prescription information and medical information to her completely out of pocket? Have you experienced similar? How would you navigate this?
Thanks in advance.