Schizophrenic Nurse Job Accommodation

  1. I am an LPN who completed school over 5 years ago. I've had three jobs which were all nights, and they all did not jive with me at all. The very act of having to revamp my sleeping schedule and stay up all night really agitated my mental illness. I want to know what if any jobs are available for a nurse like me.

    I need a day shift(which is like finding a needle in a haystack), and I need to be able to work alone. I've seen a few nurses whose job was 100% administrative. I do not want or need to work with patients in any capacity at this juncture in my mental illness. I have an extreme willingness to work, but I do need accommodation. I need daytime hours, a clerical position, to be left a lone for the most part, and I would also need my direction from superiors in writing...like via email, since for me I have a hard time concentrating when people are speaking, and I also have a hard time recalling what they have said.

    I was graduate of honor in my nursing program, and it feels like my dreams of being a nurse(albeit not in the most traditional way) will never come true. I feel that by entering the workforce and making a wage in the way I intended will not only help my mental illness but most certainly empower me.

    Do you guys have any tips on how I would ask for these accommodations? Would I scare off an employer by divulging my disability? Also, do you know what is involved in administrative nursing that may require me to get training in addition to being a LPN. I appreciate any and all replies.
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   TriciaJ
    First off: are you an RN or an LPN? Your post and your user name differ. In answer to your question, I'm thinking work for an attorney or an insurance company. Hopefully you'll get responses from nurses who work in these areas and can give you more information. Good luck.
  4. by   Emergent
    I don't think you would get anywhere in an interview disclosing your many demands. I think the best tactic would be to seek the job that fits your needs. There must be jobs out there.
  5. by   dishes
    Health records is daytime,clerical and you can be left alone for the most part.

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