HCTW news brief: Nurses debate whether hospital should hire smokers

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, January 29, 2010

Smokers may not want to apply to work for Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, TN. As part of a new hiring policy listed on the hospital's Web site, beginning February 1, the hospital will no longer hire employees who smoke or test positive for nicotine.

Prior to being hired, employees will undergo a drug test and the facility will add nicotine to the list of drugs being tested for. Even nicotine coming from a patch or gum would be detected in the screening. The new hiring process will not affect current smokers at Memorial Hospital. Instead, Memorial Hospital will offer smoking cessation help to those employees who smoke.

The new policy is proving controversial. For more information about the story and to find out what some nurses have to say about it, read the rest of the article at

Source: HealthLeadersMedia and Chattanooga Pulse

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