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I have been tested upon hire for every nursing job I have ever had. Never been randomly tested. One time when I was in charge on my unit, I had a patient complaining he had asked for pain medication 20 minutes prior and when I checked his medication EMR, it indicated he had it and he insisted he didn’t. I went to the nurse and inquired about it and she held up the Dilaudid syringe and said “Oh, here it is. I was about to give it”. I reminded her she shouldn’t click “administered” until actually given and then I gave the med to the patient. Two weeks later she was terminated and escorted out of the building for diverting for personal use. I realized then that I had diverted a diversion.

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