Bipolar Nurses

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    Do you know any bipolar nurses? Would you be uncomfortable working with one? Has their disorder interfered in their patient care?

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    I am a bipolar nurse that is also taking the "L" drug.There exists so much stigma about being bipolar.What most people don't understand is that there are various degrees of this illness.Yes,I said illness just like DM or Lupus.As far as my abilities,I am a 15 month LPN that is now nursing coordinator(don't like the word supervisor because it sounds exclusive) at a 34 bed personal care home with a staff of 3 PRN nurses(one of wihch is an RN) and 12 aids.I make 15,000.00 MORE than I did while working the hospital.In summary,if you are bipolar God still loves you and has a fantastic career for you somewhere!
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    I agree...just because you're Bipolar or if you have DM or Lupus as a nurse-you're still a nurse and if your disease/disorder is controlled, it should pose no problems. Be aware of your ups and downs, enlist the help of those who know you well, and call in sick if you're dangerously manic. Good luck!
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    I have a couple good friends who are bipolar and they at times run circles around me!

    Very good nurses!

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    Thanks so much for the words of encouragement! I had somewhat of a "break down" (for lack of a better word) last year, and was diagnosed with mild bipolar II. A lot of people have been telling me to find another career, but I believe the nursing field is my calling from God.
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    I suggest reading:
    "An Uniquiet Mind" by Dr Kay Jamison, Phd(Psychology)
    She suffers from Bipolar disorder, & has
    achieved a prestigious career as a Professor @ Johns Hopkins Univ -
    a great read.

    I Had a colleague/friend w/Bipolar - he's doing quite well now,
    but had some "rough patches" in the past....
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    To my knowledge I have never worked with a bipolar nurse, but I would not have a problem doing so if the disease were under control.
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    I don't think a career move is in order for this diagnosis. I have a seizure disorder myself, was dx when I was still a cna, didn't think much of it, knew I had to take some meds, get sleep, take care of myself etc, then a nurse I was working with found out and was appalled, said "I don't believe they let you around the residents", that's when I learned to be ashamed of this dx, took many years to come to grips with it. Ironic that the very discipline who should (in theory) be the most understanding and supportive can sometimes be the most damaging. Moral of the story, we can as nurses make or break a person's perception and consequent future with a diagnosis. Keep on keeping on, you may make a difference for someone on the planet!
    Gold_SJ, Bortaz, RN, and scoochy like this.
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    I'm a bipolar nursing student. It hasn't been easy but I'm doing well! I really recommend a book called the Bipolar Survival Guide. It has worksheets that are helpful in identifying your prodromal symptoms and making plans of action according to them. I brought it to a counselor and made contracts with her my doctor and my husband. So for instance, if I wake up on my own with less than 6 hours sleep one night, I will take extra seroquel the next day. I rely a lot on those around me to help me identify the early signs of cycling. My supervisor has been really understanding as well, and when I'm not in my right mind, so to speak, she doesn't give me hell for staying home.
    Gold_SJ and bouncing like this.
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    I've worried about this as well, but have received a lot of support from this board. I think the best thing you can do is to understand your illness and be prepared to catch the early signs of any kind of swing - up or down. Sometimes this means enlisting the help of others to say "I've been noticing this lately." We aren't always the first to notice, or sometimes maybe we just don't want to. I have a roommate who occassionally asks me if I'm taking my meds. (I am) but this usually means she's seeing something so I check back in with my doc.
    Take care and good luck!
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