I have epilepsy and didn't have a problem going through nursing school but I think that was because it was when we changed from Hospital to University education and I was in the first intake at Uni and it was very disorganised. We never had medicals or anything.
I had to declare it when I registered and it wasn't a problem. On the whole, I am okay.
This year has been so bad. I have almost lost my job because of the epilepsy and was feeling really down about it and just the ongoing tablet swaps ect and so ended up on anti depressants as well...just lovely.
Initally my employer was very supportive but recently they just cracked and said I could no longer have time off for doctors appointments, work an extra shift if I had been sick and was told this was because "then we end up overstaffed" which is rubbish otherwise I wouldn't see agency nurses in the hospital. I had been on sickness benefits and by law had to use all my sick leave and annual leave before I got them and then work told me I had too much sick leave....I don't make the bloomin laws for the country. It really made me angry. Plus some other rubbish they threw back at me as well.
The thing is, back in July I approached my manager and asked if it was a problem with me having time off for doctors appointmenst and when I had seizures and she insisted it wasn't. I asked a few times and she said I was being cynical. I had contemplated going onto the casual staff/agency so I could work when it suited me but they convinced me it wasn't necessary.
So, I plugged along and just as the epielpsy sorted itself out they had a go at me. I was just starting to feel better and now I feel awful.
I HATE my manager, I have no respect for her now. I did all the right things as per my doctor but she didn't like his plan, she wanted to do things differently when I returned to work.
It is fine when you are well, but if things go wrong, then you are seen as a liability. The thing is, in all the time I was sick this year, I never made any clinical errors so they really had nothing to go on that was substantial so spun me the overstaffed saga, then the me being off sick makes us understaffed, I react poorly to stress because I sent the manager an email about an incident on the ward. I told her (and in the email) I had sent it because it was the main body and I hadn't had time to finish it at work so did it at hopme and asked her to copy and paste it into the incident reporting system...which she gladly did. I told them I did it straight away whilst it was fresh in my memory as I had been taught this.
I also said I did the shifts extra when I was well because I felt their should be some give and take.
There were other things but nothing that was substantial to warrant any harm to a patient, my co-workers or myself.
Bottom line is I wouldn't put my nursing registration in jepodary, so if I was drowsy from drugs when they were being adjusted then I wouldn't work.
I understand that the hospital has to make sure that the staff are well to take care of the patients and that no impact is made on the other staff. It was the way they went about it with all the stuff I mentioned above that has angered me. I can't be civil to the manager when I talk to her. I am short and sharp. I don't TRUST her anymore either.
I think epilepsy and nursing are fine, as long as you don't get sick...well this is my experience, it started in March this year.
I'm okay now though, just really upset and angry at the way it was handled...all this was a few weeks ago. Why wait all year then take a pop at me...that is what makes me angry as well.