Disclosure of Depression to Nursing School

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    After toiling away for 2 years at prereq's I finally received the letter..."Congratulations! I am please to offer you admission...". However, my elation was short lived after reading over their information packet which includes a health assessment form.

    The form is fairly standard; check if you have ever experienced: Mental/nervous condition.

    This has been a concern of mine since I began contemplating becoming a nurse back in 2004; see thread:
    http://allnurses.com/forums/f8/depre...ing-81986.html

    So here's the problem that I have, or possibly have created in my head , do I tell them? Since my school is being paid for by the Dept of Veterans Affairs as a result of my disability, not listing it would appear suspicious. And of course the omnipresent statement "Falsification of any information in the questionnaire will result in dismissal." nags at my sense of integrity.

    Over the years this site has been a great source of inspiration and support. Please share any experiences or suggestions that you may have. Thanks in advance!
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    My gut's telling me not to disclose it...my brain's telling me it wouldn't make any difference if you did.

    You know...how is it any of a school's business whether or not you've ever suffered from anxiety or mental illness. Especially with all the classroom lectures you're about to get rammed down your throat about HIPAA and disclosing medical information...
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    If theres a likelihood that the school will find out- I would disclose it. However, I would write that its being treated..., meds... Ive read of people being dismissed due to mental illness. After VT, I think schools may be hesitant to accept students with mental illness.
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    I don't see how your depression is anyone's business, truly.

    How about if you accidentally leave it blank?
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    Under the ADA, they can't discriminate based only on a diagnosis.

    Either leave it blank, or disclose it. But don't check off NO.
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    I would definitely be truthful if asked. If not asked, no need to disclose. However, since you do have an honorable discharge (coded medical) it might be found out - I would not lie!

    BTW nuc school is TOUGH - congrats on your service. From a former JO3.
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    Well for one I really don't think it's any of their business. If your competent enough to finish your pre-reqs and get excepted into the program, what's the relevance. And also if you read alot of these threads you'll find most of us do suffer from mental/anxiety disorders, me included. I would wonder if they mean repeated hospitalizations, or just medications. Everytime that question has come up, I put "No", because it doesn't interfere with my work performance. If on the other hand I had major issues that would possibly effect my judgement and work performance, I would let them know. If it is something they would never know unless you told them, I would say "No". Good Luck in whatever you choose and congratulations on being excepted to the program.
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    I believe telling the truth would be best. If need be a call or an interview with the admissions officer may allay your fear. I wouldn't lie.
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    I disclose it and my Lexapro to anyone who askes. Including complete strangers, like youse guys.
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    Like I said, the VA is paying for my training under disability benefits; had it not been for that I'd forget that block and not give it a second thought.

    And that was a good point about VT. It's a shame that anyone with a mental disorder applying to a school would be lumped into the category of potential school shooter.

    This whole thing really make my stomach turn; for the past two years my depressive symptoms have been mild at worst. However, this situation really get my anxiety levels up there.


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