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

  1. 0 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
  2. Visit  donnalou86 profile page

    About donnalou86

    From 'Pittsburgh, PA'; Joined Feb '10; Posts: 2.

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  3. Visit  ItsTheDude profile page
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    yes you can become a nurse with all types of disabilities.
  4. Visit  regularRN profile page
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    I agree... but what type of mental "disability" are you thinking about?
  5. Visit  Nascar nurse profile page
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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?
  6. Visit  NurseAdida profile page
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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.
  7. Visit  jlcole45 profile page
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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.
  8. Visit  DirtyBlackSocks profile page
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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.
  9. Visit  glasgow3 profile page
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    ........only if you limit your practice to nursing management/administration.
  10. Visit  JRD2002 profile page
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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.
  11. Visit  caliotter3 profile page
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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.
  12. Visit  helikias profile page
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    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. Visit  CFitzRN profile page
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    Quote from glasgow3
    ........only if you limit your practice to nursing management/administration.
    This made me laugh. Really hard.
    Jessy_RN likes this.
  14. Visit  morte profile page
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    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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