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wow that is a hard question.
Off the top of my head No I do not see a paranoid schizophrenic being a good nurse.
However I am sure there are exceptions to every rule!
Keep in mind that there is a wide spectrum of possibilities within the general category of "paranoid schizophrenia," from people who would not particularly stand out in a crowd as being ill to the people who, unfortunately, are floridly psychotic, fail to respond to any of the available treatments, and are institutionalized. It's like lots of illnesses; take diabetes -- one person can have diabetes, have v. little trouble controlling her/his sugar, and v. little interference with her/his daily life and activities. Another person who has diabetes is terribly brittle, in and out of DKA, in and out of the hospital, frequently at risk of losing extremities, etc. Just hearing that someone has "diabetes" doesn't really tell you much about her/his personal, individual situation.
There are plenty of people with schizophrenia who are stable on their medication and treatment, holding down jobs, raising families, etc. It's just that most of us aren't aware of that because they don't usually go out of their way to inform others that they have a chronic mental illness ...