Depression/Anxiety Medications A Possible Hinderance to Getting a Job? - page 2

I am a new RN who has been looking for a job for a long time. I have had a dead spell where I got no interviews, but now am getting several calls for interviews. While interviews themselves are... Read More

  1. Visit  charlie1234 profile page
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    well now I'm worried! I have narcolepsy and take ritalin for my condition. I have one year left in my PMHNP program and I'm wondering if I should cut my losses and go back to being a nurse. However, I would think that could be grounds for a case on discrimination. People who have disabilities have rights. I can't believe that could happen. Maybe I was naive. I'm sure there are mental health professional out there that have issues themselves and have to take meds. In fact, I think it may help you be more empathetic towards your patients and make you an even better practitioner.
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  3. Visit  mariebailey profile page
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    Quote from rnsheri
    Thanks ya'll! I have a stress management problem... I just want to be seen as competent, not labeled as less than anyone else. Life is good!
    I totally understand your concerns. There is more stigma associated with some health conditions than with others.
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  4. Visit  apocatastasis profile page
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    Quote from Nurse Maru
    One of my best friends who is ex Army Ranger was passed up for an NP program, had two interviews and the dean told him he couldn't let him in because he didn't want to see him get through the program just to be denied scriptive authority by the DEA because he is on a benzo for anxiety and PTSD.
    This is entirely ridiculous.

    1. Getting into and graduating from an NP program has nothing to do with getting a DEA number. They have no way of knowing your eligibility for a DEA number.

    2. People with DEA numbers receive prescriptions for controlled substances all. the. time. The DEA has no say over the medical care of registrants who possess prescribed controlled substances for legitimate medical purposes.
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  5. Visit  nrskc profile page
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    Why do you have to tell your employer? Unless it will show up in drug screen it is none of their business
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  6. Visit  rnsheri profile page
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    OK, so ya'll are saying that when I take my urinalysis to not disclose the meds? I know none of them should flag for a false positive. OR should I disclose them for my urinalysis but refrain from disclosing the medications to my potential employer? I have a few interviews and of course want to know the best way to nab a job without fear of stigma and possible denial for the position.

    I know I am nitpicking. That got me through school... my analysis of situations and perfectionism. I drawback is that I look at situations and look for the "worst case scenario"!
  7. Visit  mariebailey profile page
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    Quote from rnsheri
    I know I am nitpicking. That got me through school... my analysis of situations and perfectionism. I drawback is that I look at situations and look for the "worst case scenario"!
    I agree that you are catastrophizing right now. Did I spell that right? I am guilty of the same thing-no judgment. It's just that the jury has spoken; you do not need to disclose your medication regimen to your potential employer, and you do not need to fear that there will be repercussions for failure to disclose. You are free to pee in a cup fearlessly. Make that your mantra.
  8. Visit  rnsheri profile page
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    Too funny! Thanks!
  9. Visit  moorefun11 profile page
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    All of these are non narcotic so should not be a problem. Even prescribed narcotics are accepted as long as you do not use them at work. Just be truthful on the health form when you are hired and have to go to employee health and make sure all scripts are current. I think wit in 6 months. Also I wouldn't tell anyone of your history as this can be used against you. Also don't take any narcotics at work. This is against all states nurse practice acts and can land you in a monitored assistance program. Just a warning even if you see others in you career taking prescribed narcs don't think it's ok and an all around accepted practice.
  10. Visit  Marshall1 profile page
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    Your friend was mislead or the person who told him this was misinformed. NP absolutely can have prescription authority if they take medications that are considered controlled. People, please, do not just take someone's word for things that effect your job or potential job. Look it up, call the board in your state, the DEA, etc. directly. SO much misinformation gets thrown around..even on here. Nurses CAN work on medications and I agree w/other posters on here. Do not volunteer any information unless there is something, like Adderall, that would show up in a urine/blood drug screen. And no, this will NOT keep someone from getting a job.
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  11. Visit  rnsheri profile page
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    Well ya'll, I got a great full time job at a location which allows me to relocate and be near my fiance who currently lives in another city. I listed my meds and answered questions honestly. I am so fortunate to be employed! Thank everyone for their input! I made a mountain out of what turned out to be a little ol' molehill.
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  12. Visit  Nurse Maru profile page
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    Quote from apocatastasis
    This is entirely ridiculous.

    1. Getting into and graduating from an NP program has nothing to do with getting a DEA number. They have no way of knowing your eligibility for a DEA number.

    2. People with DEA numbers receive prescriptions for controlled substances all. the. time. The DEA has no say over the medical care of registrants who possess prescribed controlled substances for legitimate medical purposes.
    Hey, go ahead and shoot the messenger if it makes you feel better, I can only relay what was told to me. If this were an issue I were facing, I would certainly do my own research.


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