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What happens if a nurse fails a drug test?

On Behalf of | Aug 27, 2022 | Firm News

If you fail a drug test, you might think your nursing career is over, but you have the right to a legal defense. Having a legal professional on your side can benefit the outcome of your case in significant ways.

An expert can assist you in building a case to manage the situation, reduce the penalties you might have to face, and fight to defend your nursing license. Knowing what can happen after your failed drug test can help you understand how to prepare.

Severe penalties

Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, the penalties for a failed drug test, even a false positive, can be devastating and might include:

  • Monetary fines
  • Employment termination
  • License suspension or revocation
  • Practice limitations
  • Treatment programs
  • Legal action

A skilled lawyer can help you demonstrate your fitness as a nurse to help reduce or avoid some of these penalties so you can continue to provide much-needed care.

Damage to your reputation

As a nurse, you have built your career on a reputation for offering vital medical care to those suffering from various health issues. A failed drug test, even a false positive, can threaten your reputation and impact your ability to seek future employment in your field. Seeking legal help right away can help minimize the damage to your reputation.

A legal professional can help you build a strong defense for your unique situation to help you protect your career and livelihood. Whether a false positive or a lapse in judgment, a failed drug test does not need to end your nursing career.