Should I tell my nursing school about my disorder? - page 3

Hi, I am currently in nursing school with two semesters left (not counting the one I am currently in). I have been diagnosed with Narcolepsy about 4 years ago (before I even started nursing school).... Read More

  1. by   armyicurn
    Quote from HeartsOpenWide
    Yup. Simple really. Want to see that you get your immunizations and that you can lift and move and use proper body mechanic; just like when I got hired for my first nursing job. If you have some medical issue that prevents you from lifting patients for example, then you could be denied. I think they only required to be able to lift and carry 20 lbs.

    So what happens if a student gets a stroke and ends up with a mild disability? I swear, nursing sure its their young even before they get their training. I can understand the immunizations but for me to show the school that I can bend over or pick up 20-50 lbs is beyond the words that I can't say in here or I would be banned. My physical exam for getting into the military was not even that nutz!
  2. by   armyicurn
    Quote from ruaalien2
    My school also requires a drug test. I know other schools that require a background test....

    This one can be eliminated by telling the applicant that if they have a record, go study some other field. I know of one case where a student graduated and when the application was denied by the state board, this student was upsept at the school for not advising them that if they had a record, to study something else.
  3. by   CuriousMe
    OP: I would speak to someone in your school's disability office. They have to have someone who is in charge of arranging accommodations for students with a disability (ADA requirement). The disability office staff are not allowed to share what your disability is, they can only share what your accommodations are.

    In my opinion, not disclosing opens you up to being considered lazy. Which isn't unfair, if you're looking at the behaviors and don't know the medical reason why, it looks like laziness.
  4. by   LuLuPop
    I am sorry to hear about your condition. But I think it's important for you to ask yourself if this condition of yours will compromise patient's safety?

    Because I personally think, the bigger issue here is not about accommodating to your situation. You can keep it to yourself as long as it don't affect you while you're administering medications and causing errors while on duty because you're sleepy in daytime. You need to be focus & alert at all times.
  5. by   dbscandy
    I am not up on this subject very much, but I know some nurses who don't have this disorder and are dangerous, day shift and nights.

    You mentioned hoping for a night shift, but how does that help you? I, too, do much better working nights but does that mean you can stay awake/alert much better then?

    Also, if you are not able to get through clinicals or classes, seems it won't be long before it will start to hinder your progress. Please see your MD and try to fine-tune your treatment. It sounds as though you really have a struggle, and I feel for you.:redpinkhe
  6. by   ProfRN4
    FOr those of you who feel the OP should not reveal her condition: What would you advise her to do if she is counseled/reprimanded on her inability to stay awake? What if her instructor feels it is a pattern? How does it look when the student only reveals it after the need arises? To me, it may look like you wanted to hide this, or now that there is an issue, you are coming up wih something. It's kind of like a student revealing they have a learning disability after they have failed a course (I swear, I've seen that).

    As far as physical exams as a prerequisite to nursing school, yes it does exist. The school needs to know (just like any employer needs to know) if there are any restrictions that may interfere with your ability to function just as any other nurse would. This does not mean that if you reveal something, that you will not be accepted. This is 2010, and most schools and employers are hip to the fact that you can't just deny soemone a position because of a disability, whether it be physical, psychological or otherwise. However, I know of a school (that obviously did not screen or interview) that admitted a blind student. i'm sorry, but a nurse cannot be blind. I don't care what anyone says. There are just some things that are beyond the reach of some people.

    And the drug test is to to screen you for drugs... another thing that they can and will do. And if the school doesn't require it, many clinical sites do.
  7. by   ProfRN4
    duplicate post
  8. by   jeyre1847
    My school doesn't require a physical, but we have to sign something saying we can lift 20 pounds, etc. Basically, I think it's that we can perform the requirements with "reasonable accomodations" (sorry, I don't know what exactly qualifies as "reasonable")

    We also had a background check and a drug test.

    Sorry, I didn't realize this thread is years old and I can't figure out how to delete my post!
    Last edit by jeyre1847 on Nov 21, '10
  9. by   ProfRN4
    Quote from jeyre1847
    Sorry, I didn't realize this thread is years old and I can't figure out how to delete my post!
    No its not. I just checked back, Nov 2010.