Adult ADD and Nursing

  1. Hello,

    I am about to enter nursing school for a BSN program and am a little scared. I was diagnosed with adult ADD about seven years ago. My friend told me you have to be so organized when you are a nurse. Is this correct and is there any advice out there for people like me?

    Thanks!

    rhiannon
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  3. by   BabyRN2Be
    Quote from rhiannonwolf
    Hello,

    I am about to enter nursing school for a BSN program and am a little scared. I was diagnosed with adult ADD about seven years ago. My friend told me you have to be so organized when you are a nurse. Is this correct and is there any advice out there for people like me?

    Thanks!

    rhiannon
    I can definitely relate to you. I'm hopefully going into nursing this spring (2005) and I was dx w/ADD. I am concerned about such things as medication errors, but then I think about my mom. She had ADD for all those years she worked as an RN on an Othro floor and she did just fine. You might have to work a little harder with organizational skills, but it can be done.

    Good luck!
  4. by   Nitecap
    I am an RN and work in a large CVRR in Houston. I am ADD and made great grades in nursing school. Find what meds work for you and stay on them. I currently take adderall XR and regular adderall, i titrate my own doses to my needs. Dont let having add intimidate you. I still take the meds at work and am exceling in this unit. People with add can do anything, dont get it in your head that your not as smart or as organized as the next person because you are and you have to believe it, not believing is the biggest mistake you can make. When you begin school their will be a ton of studying and reading so get you medicine regimine down and know what you need to study well. If that doesnt work or quits working go to your doc and explain to him whats going on you may need to switch med eventually if your current one stops being as effective. Also take freq breaks while studying. Several students in my nursing class had add, they were all my good friends and we all exceled, believe me it can be done so if anyone tells you other wise that is a bunch of BS. If you have ne questions email me ryryrjj@sbcglobal.net.
  5. by   dianah
    There was another ADD thread here recently, do a search and you'll probably find it. You are DEFINATELY not alone!!
  6. by   BabyRN2Be
    Quote from dianah
    There was another ADD thread here recently, do a search and you'll probably find it. You are DEFINATELY not alone!!
    Dianah,

    Thanks for reminding us!

    Rhiannon, it's still there. You might have to look back a little ways, but we did have a discussion on ADD maybe a few weeks ago. You definitely are not alone.
  7. by   Jay-Jay
    We already have a thread on this topic, in addition to the two posted by Rhiannonwolf. Please post your replies there. Here's the link thingy:

    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthre...ght=Adult+ADHD

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