hello everyone, just signed up for the forum, though i have been lurking for some time. i have a few questions about depression, and how they can affect your nursing license, if that's possible?
a short recap of my story. i was molested for five years by a family member, had therapy, then stopped. went to nursing school immediately following high school, graduated, got married, moved across country. had two children, three miscarriages. was raped by my ex husbands best friend, which really brought back all the feelings/baggage i felt after being molested. was diagnosed with severe sle, also have many episodes of severe allergic reactions (my body is hypersensitive to many foods/meds). now the latest is two herniated discs, for which i am receiving steroid injections, but i am in constant pain. add to this that i am almost divorced, though i am in a relationship with another woman.
my questions are, with the constant pain, and multiple health issues i have been facing lately, i have become very depressed, at times suicidal. i have tried two courses of anti depressants already, and i am going to see a psychiatrist wednesday. can my depression affect my ability to hold a nursing license? and can they involuntarily admit me for observation if i am suicidal? i don't know much about psych, i am a rehab nurse, with a new appreciation for those who suffer with severe pain and become suicidal. i am on medical leave, which also compounds my depression.
thanks to anyone who read this, if you can answer my questions, or give me some advice, i would be most appreciative. thanks...