I am thinking of going to nursing school
and it is what I have always wanted to do, but I have the neurological condition Tourette's. There is so much misinformation about it out there, but my symptoms are mild. Just a few motor tics and an occassional vocal tic (nothing that can't be hidden as a cough or a sniffle).
Anyway, my question was, do you work with any nurses who have Tourette's or any other type of tic disorder? Also, are you required to have a physical before employment? I am medicated and control my tics well, but Tourette's, unfortunately, does have a tabu stigma attached to it (thanks to Hollywood and the media) and I am wondering if this will prevent me from completing nursing school and getting a job.
Anything you have to say would be appreciated.
Oct 7, '06
Go for it! I am a nurse who has Tourette's, no meds- too many side effects
. I have been a nurse for 19 years and have never been denied a job. I have never mentioned that I have this condition, because it does not interfere with my job. I was a med-surg nurse for a couple of years, and have been an O.R. nurse ever since!. I will admit I was petrified to enter the O.R., because it was my first love, but I have never looked back.
I scrub at the field with no problem. I will admit, you are constantly under the microscope,because everyone knows that there is something different. In my experience, I have found that medical personnel have been the most ignorant about this condition, and have made rude comments, but that never stopped me. Unfortunately, at the present my latex allegy is thwarting my career because I now have multiple food allergies that have been acute onset and it is going to end my career as an O.R. nurse. I know this is lengthy and my first entry, but I am honored to have addressed a fellow
T.S. individual. Good Luck!!!!!
Last edit by lostfromlatex on Oct 7, '06
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