Hello, I am writing this post because I have just had my R.N. license reinstated after a year and a half automatic suspension due to a civil commitment related to my diagnosis of schizophrenia. I was scheduled to deploy with my national guard unit to Iraq and was in the process of leaving my job at a level one trauma center in the metro area when I started to become confused and unfocused. I didn't know what was going on and didn't feel safe to practice so I started to call in sick. I was trying to get a L.O.A. while I was prepping to deploy but my employer was making it difficult and along with all the other stressors, and PTSD from a previous deployment, I was not coping well and wound up leaving both my job and the national guard without going on the deployment. My mental status continued to deteriorate and I was brought to the hospital by the police on a 51/50 hold. I wasn't charged with anything and I was not violent but I was very delusional. Today I am fully recovered and on a antipsycotic med my license is fully reinstated but my problem is now how do I explain this during a job interview? I have been out of nursing for a year and a half and I have a suspension on my record. Bottom line is how do I explain this to a prospective employer?
Although I have not heard of board order I have tried to verify my license through nursys and the results come up that I am UNABLE TO PRACTICE SAFELY BY REASON OF PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPAIRMENT OR MENTAL DISORDER. I hope that my status will change once the final paperwork goes through but for now it shows that I am still "unsafe".
Last edit by brakke33 on Mar 1, '13
: Reason: new info