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

by rnsheri 6,043 Views | 23 Comments

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 stressful (as everyone knows!), my... Read More


  1. 2
    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!
    SHGR and VivaLasViejas like this.
  2. 1
    Quote from edmia
    Why would you tell anyone what meds you're on? Your health information is private. They can do a physical without that information. I always answered "none" to that question on the physical. The only persons who need to know those details are my doctor and I and EMS in case of an emergency. No one else.Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
    This is exactly what the director of my nursing program said to me in my interview. I was sooo nervous & decided to be 100% honest. She thanked me for my honesty and then advised me to keep that information to myself next time, lol. She said its no ones business. Good Luck!!
    Marshall1 likes this.
  3. 0
    Quote from charlie1234
    Do you really think that an Np will have difficulty obtaining prescriptive authority if they take medications? I am trying to figure that out myself because I am currently an NPP student and have to take meds. Do you have any information about this? THanks
    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.
  4. 2
    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.
    mariebailey and SHGR like this.
  5. 1
    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.
    VivaLasViejas likes this.
  6. 2
    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.
    Marshall1 and redhead_NURSE98! like this.
  7. 1
    Why do you have to tell your employer? Unless it will show up in drug screen it is none of their business
    Marshall1 likes this.
  8. 0
    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"!
  9. 0
    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.
  10. 0
    Too funny! Thanks!


Top