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

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    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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    yes you can become a nurse with all types of disabilities.
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    I agree... but what type of mental "disability" are you thinking about?
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    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?
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    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.
    Fiona59 likes this.
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    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.
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    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.
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    ........only if you limit your practice to nursing management/administration.
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    ........only if you limit your practice to nursing management/administration.

    Now it all makes sense...
    SuesquatchRN, Jessy_RN, Fiona59, and 7 others like this.
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    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.


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