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How Often Do Nurses and Doctors get Drug Tested?

Posted on March 24, 2018

If you have ever been to the doctor or hospital, you are probably aware of how important it is for the doctors and nurses to always be completely functional and coherent. What you may not have wondered is how often do these nurses and doctors undergo drug testing, a method of workplace screening that is commonplace in our society. The answer is: it definitely varies depending on the situation. Keep reading to learn more.

What is Drug Testing Dependent On?

Drug testing is dependent on the organization that the doctor or nurse works for. Depending on the organization’s policies, nurses and doctors may have to undergo drug testing, but this is not always a given.

How Often Will These Screenings Be?

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Again, there are no federal regulations in place when it comes to doctor offices and hospitals regarding frequency of drug testing. A medical organization may decide to drug test one of their employees if they are exhibiting signs of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Employees may experience random drug testing, even if they have never been under suspicion. The reason behind this being that it will sway employees from making bad decisions by keeping them on their toes.

What About Nurses and Doctors in the Military?

If you are a nurse or doctor serving in the military, you may have to undergo regular testing. Many military guidelines are more strict so their drug testing tends to be more regimented than other places.

What if Someone Is Given a False Positive?

One of the major concerns of workplace drug testing is that an employee will receive a fake positive. While extremely unlikely, human and machine error is still possible. This is one of the biggest reasons why medical organizations don’t drug test their employees more frequently.

If you believe that you may have experienced medical malpractice because a doctor or nurse was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, contact us, you may have a case.