I checked yes on the RN application about whether I have been diagnosed with bipolar within the last 5 years. I am so worried now. What if I can't become an RN now after going through all that schooling?
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Texas asks the same about a number of Psych diagnosis when you apply and when you renew. They stopped asking about depression, thankfully. Checking yes isn't an automatic disqualification as I understand it. What really sucks is that these license files are public records! Don't know if they are in CO or not.
A bipolar and pedophilia diagnosis are asked for Ohio's BON.
In nursing school, an Ohio BON member came to our class & gave a lecture on the Ohio BON. When asked WHY the state requires disclosure of a bipolar diagnosis (& maybe other psych issues - I can't remember), she started a BS song & dance routine about it all being for patient safety, and also said that the board was concerned about the threat of a bipolar nurse stealing medicine from pts, blahblahblah. I guess we should also be concerned that those scum nurses with hypertension or diabetes might also steal meds from their patients. Idjits!
The truth is that they have no business asking questions like that. I bet a few good law suits would put an end to it. My gosh, is someone really painting bipolar illness and pedophilia with same brush? It is so insulting to the people I know who have bipolar ILLNESS. Most people comply with their medical treatments and thrive. As for that business about the possibility of drug diversion. Good grief, what evidence do they have for that? I have NEVER heard a word about that in any scientific study.
Ormar. PA license application also asks those questions. Boards of nursing are in place to protect the public. They do not release this type of sensetive info to the general public, but use it to ensure that licensee has STABLE mental health upon licensure and each renewal. Yes people are licensed all the time, just need to go through additional hoop!