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by N377311 N377311 (Member) Member

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So what do you tell your coworkers when you have to leave the floor to take a drug test? I have to go to an offsite facility and sometimes I’m gone for up to an hour and a half. I’m running out of excuses. My managers know and understand but it’s my coworkers that have no clue except that I’m leaving them to handle my patients when the load is already heavy enough....any good verbiage?? 

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They may already have an idea of what is going on.  I know it is none of their business, and I know it is frustrating to you, wondering about their thoughts (and maybe resentment that you are leaving the floor).  How often are you tested and leaving the floor?  I am sure it is difficult, especially when working 12 hour shifts.

Maybe tell them it is pre-arranged physical therapy appointments? Running a child to school/day care/doctor visits? Maybe a pre-arranged appt with a parent or spouse?

Also, if possible, see if you can schedule the UDS so they take you as soon as you walk in the door.  Or find a site open either later or earlier, so that you do not have to leave the floor.  I know those can be limited and depending on where you are located, may not even exist.

Good luck and hopefully someone comes up with a better response than me! 

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Ponymom2 has 1 years experience.

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They more than likely already know.

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Indiana RN is a BSN and specializes in Med/Surg & Psych.

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I tell them I need to take an extended lunch to go "take care of something" and the boss knows. I then say when I get back I can help them with their patients if needed. Luckily,  working 12 hour shifts 3 days a week I usually only need to leave work a few times a month.

I know some people want to know more but its really nobody's business and I find if I say it with a smile and offer help then nobody seems to have a problem ( at least not to my face) 🙂

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Undercat has 41 years experience as a BSN, MSN, CRNA and specializes in Retired.

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There are no secrets on a hospital unit.  Everyone already knows.  Don't spend the emotional energy it requires to keep a non-secret like that.  You've done what you have to do to get back to work.  End of story.

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I agree with the fact that everyone’s business is common knowledge on every nursing unit I’ve worked on.  Most information nurses know or think they know (I’m pretty sure lots of it is simply made up for fun) is none of their business.  Don’t explain anything to anyone you don’t owe an explanation to.  In fact do the profession a favor and tell them to mind their business 

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