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  1. I am really embarrassed to be asking this, but a while back I was hospitalized for depression and substance abuse. I no longer have this problem and I am doing great in nursing school and loving it.

    However, I was wondering if this is going to come back to haunt me when it is time to take boards and get my license. My instructors had mentioned that if anyone have had these problems that we need to let them know. I am scared to come forward and I am just wondering if they are really going to access my medical records.
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   geekgolightly
    In Texas you only need mention anything within the past five years. ANd then, if there is something, what they do is ask that you go under a psychiatric evaluation (to the tune of $700.00 cash money, yo) in order to "prove" that you are competent to work as an R.N.

    I don;t know if this varies from state to state, but I assume it does.
  4. by   fourbirds4me
    They don't ask anything like that in Oklahoma
  5. by   Tweety
    They cannot have access to your medical record. If there was any criminal things involved, DUI's, etc. they may find out. Here in Florida, most employers are checking into that. So come clean if that's the issue.

    On the other hand, if you have long-term sobriety, and it is in no way an issue, then your medical history is your business and yours alone.

    I'll PM you.
  6. by   purplemania
    The problem is not in failing to report past occurances, but in having a future issue develop in which failure to disclose your past makes it appear as a cover-up. If you never do drugs, commit a felony or any other offense for which the Peer Review Board demands an investigation, how will they know and why would they care? Caution, if you decide to come clean now be prepared to pay for the privilege of being honest. Your paperwork will be delayed until the Board decides your application can be processed. Do not pay for an NCLEX course until you KNOW you have the authorization to test document in your hand. Review can takes months and that will affect your pay status. It all comes down to what you know about yourself- can and should you sign the application form with a clear conscience? I personally would not want anything over my head, but it is your choice.
  7. by   NurseStacey143
    You need to check out your nursing practice act. Here in texas, you are required to report that to the Board of nurse Examiners. If you don't and they find out, there are consequences.

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