Hi I'm a nurse with bipolar disorder.
I had already struggled with mental health in my teen years. I was diagnosed with depression. I went to nursing school
, but within a year of graduating I went through a depressive episode and then a manic episode.
I was hospitalized several times in two years due to suicidal thoughts. I was living in a bad environment.
I'm stable now and have been working as a staff nurse on a med-surg floor of a hospital for three years now.
When I was initially licensed, my state does not require disclosure. I passed my boards and was licensed with no issue.
However, now my boyfriend who is in the military wants to get married and for me to move with him to another state next year when he gets transferred. He is not sure what state he will be sent to.
I am worried about endorsing my license to another state. I'm worried how far they will go into my medical records. That they will ask for records from every facility and doctor whoever treated me. I have been hospitalized many times and I don't remember the names of all the doctors. I would have a hard time finding all those records throughout the past few years, especially if they need to write letters on my behalf. I'm worried they will ask for letters from all doctors who treated me.
There are no criminal charges associated with my hospitalizations.
I wanted to reach out to nurses who have mental illness and/or chemical dependency and ask about how the process went for you for licensure/endorsement.
Were restrictions put on your license and/or did they send you to a monitoring program?
Even though he is the greatest, sometimes I want to break up with my boyfriend because I'm afraid of the future.
Thanks for reading.