can i become a nurse if i have a mental disability?

  1. hi i am interested in pursing a career in nursing. however, my question is can a person become a nurse even though they have a mental disability? anyone know? thank you
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  3. by   ItsTheDude
    yes you can become a nurse with all types of disabilities.
  4. by   regularRN
    I agree... but what type of mental "disability" are you thinking about?
  5. by   Nascar nurse
    Quote from Lotte
    I agree... but what type of mental "disability" are you thinking about?
    And is the disease reasonably controlled or will it interfere with patient care?
  6. by   NurseAdida
    It depends on what type of mental disability. And I disagree with the poster that said you can become a nurse with all types of disabilities.
  7. by   jlcole45
    People with disabilities work in all sorts of jobs. I guess it would depend on what the disability is. Now if you are a sociopath or have problems with psychosis then I would say that nursing is not for you, because first you have to care about your patients and second you have to be rooted in reality 100% of the time when you are on duty.

    But there are loads of nurses who function well (with meds, therapy etc) who have a history of depression or manic-depression. I would suggest that you (or whoever you are asking for) talk to their mental health provider and see what they think.
  8. by   DirtyBlackSocks
    Totally dependent on the disability I would think.

    More severe psych disorders such as DID or Axis 4 Paranoid Schizophrenia are an obvious no go...but then if you had either you'd be on SSID for the rest of your life or in a psych ward.
  9. by   glasgow3
    ........only if you limit your practice to nursing management/administration.
  10. by   JRD2002
    ........only if you limit your practice to nursing management/administration.

    Now it all makes sense...
  11. by   caliotter3
    Depends upon the type of disability and the severity with which it limits your functioning. If the problem severely limits your ability to perform your job as a nurse or make sound judgement calls as a nurse, you probably can not do it. Likewise, the reverse. Between you and your doctor to discuss the ramifications of your problem as it pertains to nursing as a career choice.
  12. by   helikias
    I don't think anyone would know you had the disability unless it was not controlled. That won't be pulled in background investigation. As long as it's under control, and you don't have breaks from reality and your doctor thinks it's OK, you should be fine.
  13. by   CFitzRN
    Quote from glasgow3
    ........only if you limit your practice to nursing management/administration.
    This made me laugh. Really hard.
  14. by   morte
    not to split hairs, but when i read the OP, i was thinking learning disability, not psych..
    and it again is going to depend on what LD you may have.

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