Quote from robynbsn
I tend to agree. I applied for a job after 7 years of being out of the field and eye brows were raised. It is however, not that I have not worked. I have worked with autistic children and also had my mil here for over a year with Alzheimers. I want this really bad. I know I would be an asset to any facility that would give me a chance. I am willing to be a nurses aide for awhile just to get my feet wet if that what it takes. My biggest concern is if my mind can stay as sharp as it once was.
i doubt you would be allowed to work as a CNA because you are a licensed nurse. Perhaps you should consider an RN refresher course. It would probably boost your morale to see that you *can* do this and would bring your skills up-to-date. As hard as it is to get an RN job these days, you need to make yourself as employable as possible.
As far as the bipola aspect, I think if you know your capabilities and are compliant with your treatment you should be okay. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder almost 3 years ago, after about 37 years of near-constant depression. i have learned a lot about myself. For one thing, i *need* to take my meds everyday, as ordered. And I cannot work full-time. More than 20 hours and I start to fall apart. And I can no longer work in a hospital. I'm a school nurse now--much less stress all the way around. I still see my therapist about every 3-4 weeks, just to make sure I'm not going too far one way or the other. Sometimes it's hard for me to recognize when I'm getting a little off track. But I would never let it get so far that my thinking & decision-making skills were negatively affected
There is no need to discuss your mental health with a potential employer. If at some later date you have a problem, it would be appropriate to discuss it then. There is unfortunately a LOT of stigma out there, even among nurses(who should know better!) No need to bring on falsely negative impressions.
Best of luck to you.