Disclosure of Depression to Nursing School - page 3

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... Read More

  1. by   TrudyRN
    Geez, Louise, life is too, too complex these days. Carry me back to old Virginny...la la la. Big Brother is just absolutely too big.

    I do not comprehend why a person who is functioning well should be forced to tell his or her private, personal facts. I just don't see this.

    But you all do make some strong points about non-disclosure coming back to bite you in the butt.
  2. by   rnin02
    I would disclose it, I think they are concerned about liability involving you as a student nurse at clinicals working with patients. I think depression that is controlled with counseling (it seems from that thread you linked you don't need meds anymore?) is not anything they would be concerned about. I'm one of many nurses who was on an antidepressant thru most of nursing school and the start of my nursing career. Couldn't have made it without it!
  3. by   ERRNTraveler
    If all of the nurses who have depression/anxiety/take depression meds were fired, more than half of us would be without jobs. Depression is caused by a chemical imbalance- it is a medical condition, is many times hereditary, & not something that people choose not to have or can just "snap out of." If you are fired from a job or kicked out of school because of depression (as long as it is being treated & you are mentally stable), that would be grounds for a lawsuit. Would they fire someone for being diabetic or having thyroid problems (also chemical imbalances)? Depression is no different.
  4. by   SN bbgrl
    Good point - i too do suffer from chronic depression. I was able to be off medications for 4 months, but unfortunately through no help from my clinical instructor, i am back on Prozac. But i dont recall any question of that nature being on my application for nursing school, only questions in medical relating to me being able to do the job.
  5. by   brendamyheart
    Quote from ERRNTraveler
    If all of the nurses who have depression/anxiety/take depression meds were fired, more than half of us would be without jobs. Depression is caused by a chemical imbalance- it is a medical condition, is many times hereditary, & not something that people choose not to have or can just "snap out of." If you are fired from a job or kicked out of school because of depression (as long as it is being treated & you are mentally stable), that would be grounds for a lawsuit. Would they fire someone for being diabetic or having thyroid problems (also chemical imbalances)? Depression is no different.
    :yeahthat:

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