Can our medical histories be used against us? - page 2

This may seem like a silly question, but since I truly don't know the answer, I'll ask anyway! :chuckle A student friend of mine wondered about our medical histories and if it would have any... Read More

  1. by   LauraLou
    We were asked if we had been treated in-patient for any psychiatric disorders in the last five years. If you had, you needed to provide further documentation.

    For the drug screening, I listed all the meds I am taking, including anti-depressents. Nothing was said to me about it. I wouldn't lie about taking medications. I think they would be much more likely to drop you for lying rather than for the antidepressant you are taking.
  2. by   Buddha
    No hiring someone if they had or being treated for depression or whatever is called discrimination. If you can fufill the physical requirements of a postion is all that matters. I say that if i was asked to fill out a Dx or med sheet on an application is grounds to go look for a job elsewhere. This is not a company I would want to work for. :angryfire
  3. by   patti101
    I believe that we were discussing intro into nursing programs, not an employment op.
    Nursing programs are totally controlled..
  4. by   Buddha
    Quote from patti101
    I believe that we were discussing intro into nursing programs, not an employment op.
    Nursing programs are totally controlled..
    When I applied to my program all I had to do is have my Md perform a physical. I had to have a hepitits titre and a tetnus shot. I still don't see why depression would hold you from getting into a program. Heck most of the nurses i know working are being treated for depression. We really would have a nursing shortage.
  5. by   wonderbee
    In my school, any history of known mental illness earns you a trip to the program director prior to admission.
  6. by   surfernurse
    I wouldn't dinulge any "condition" per se, but revealing any on going meds that are taken would be important. After all, as a patient who takes the med, people around you need to know should anything adverse happen. In those instances, it's important to realize that not only will your be the provider of care, but also recieving care from a provider in some form. Think about how you would want your pateint's to act and respond and do so accordingly.

    As far as divulging details, it's not relevant.
  7. by   kimtab
    Nursing School breeds mental illness for Pete's sake. Half my class is on SSRI's and the other half is probably just too busy to go to the doctor. If you are already taking antidepressants, I would just call that prepared.


    Kim
  8. by   PMHNP10
    Indeed, your psych hx can make becoming a RN difficult. Each state is going to be different, but in TX, for example, having been treated for bipolar, antisocial, borderline, paranoid schizo, etc required you to go through extra steps before you can test. There is no problem with getting into a nursing program, but to actually test is a different thing. Your BNE's NPA is the best source of info. From what I remember from the TX one, depression isn't mentioned, but that's not to say it isn't there.
  9. by   RedSox33RN
    I have to fill out a health form for my admission in September, plus have a physical, with the required TB tests and immunizations.

    I'm also an insulin-dependant diabetic. I've never hidden that from anyone (heck, I wear a pump, and though it looks like a beeper, it surely isn't), and won't start now either. I'm well-controlled, and I know that I cannot be discriminated against because of it. That MAY still happen, but they'll have a fight on their hands if it does.

    I also take meds for migraines. 99% of the time my Migranal spray works for them, or even 800 mg of ibuprofen. But I do have a script for a narcotic in case all other meds fail me, which they do about once a month. Of course I would never take it while doing clinicals, or even driving, but I feel that it is prescribed for a certain reason, and there is no reason to hide it.

    My advice is not to lie. I would think that would get someone into more trouble than being honest.
  10. by   Havin' A Party!
    Quote from RNKittyKat
    You're healthy, healthy, healthy!!. Just keep repeating that.
    I liked this response!
  11. by   Havin' A Party!
    Quote from glopop11
    I agree with one exception: Some prescription drugs show up in drug tests. If you don't tell them you're taking it, and it shows up....no job!
    Agree with the above.
  12. by   RNKITTY04
    ha! I agree with Kim. I Did'nt begin to take Effexsor until nursing school. I used to be a Correctional officer in our local jail and that was wayyyyyyyy less stress than nursing school.
  13. by   purplemania
    It may be the school is following State guidelines. There has to be some criteria to screen for unstable people having access to narcotics or to vulnurable sick people. Do not lie on any documents, even the school admission form. You would rather be turned down by the school before spending all that tuition, than at the Board of Nursing after you graduate. Of course, if turned down you might want to followup with the Dean or the BON. I know of one student who was graduated, then not able to get his license for more than a year while he worked out a plan of action devised by his MD and the Board. He had been on SSRI's. Remember that the Board's job is to protect the public, and you aren't it. After you get your license, you still need to follow state guidelines or risk losing what you worked so hard to obtain. Good luck to you and your friend.

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