You were hanging out last week with a group of friends all of whom are successful and educated professionals ranging from nurses to teachers to lawyers to accountants. Someone pulls out a marijuana cigarette and its being passed around the group. You are a nurse and you work in a facility that recently implemented random drug screens.
You ask yourself, what should I do when you are handed the marijuana cigarette? You think to yourself, the chances of you being tested in the next 20-35 days is possible but not very probable and you decide to smoke the marijuana.
Two weeks later you are work at a hospital and there are large amount of missing controlled substances in the Omni Cell. Hospital security, nursing management, and HR are present and request that all staff with access to the Omni Cell proceed immediately (as coverage is lined up for patients) to Employee Health for a mandatory drug screen.
You panic, although you have nothing to do with the missing controlled drugs, you realize you smoked marijuana a few weeks ago and you will probably test positive.
You don't know when you may have to provide a sample in the workplace related to a random drug screen, for cause drug screen, and reasonable suspicion. Do you feel lucky? Are you willing and able to roll the dice on your employment, nursing career, and license?
I know alot of folks smoke marijuana. I also know there are some of us using cocaine, heroin, crack, or other illegal drugs. Then there are the issues with prescription medication and medication use and abuse by nurses which impact patient safety and the care provided in the workplace. There are also a few of us who are doctor shopping to obtaining medications from several different providers and this is "okay" because you have prescriptions.
If you can't stop using drugs, talk to someone and seek treatment. If you can stop using, then stop before you are busted and when licensed healthcare professionals get busted, we really get busted, and the consequences are long-term, far reaching, and may appear extreme in comparision to what happens to other professionals and paraprofessionals in other occupations.
If I $19.95 for each and every time I have been told, "I know a ________ (your choice of profession or occupation) who was in the same situation and nothing happened with her license or job, I could have a manicure and pedicure at Mitchell's Spa and Salon every Friday for the remainder of the year.
If you are in situation, where you are about to do something you know or suspect is wrong, illegal, unethical, immoral, or unprofessional and you know the situation could have untoward implications and consequences for your employment, license, and career, just think of me, this blog, and ask what would LaTonia do?