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This is a discussion on Disclosing your issue(s)? in Nurses With Disabilities, part of General Nursing ... :uhoh3: If any of you suffer from OCD or extreme obsessiveness--do you disclose your problem to...by kovercomer Sep 1, '10If any of you suffer from OCD or extreme obsessiveness--do you disclose your problem to instructors, employers, co-workers, classmates at first, wait till later, or not at all? I have done it all these ways and have found that it really does nothing positive to tell (esp. instructors or employers) beforehand. Any thoughts? Also has anyone ever had any accommodations made for them with an anxiety disorder or problem such as OCD? Thanks!!
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- Sep 1, '10 by FribbletIf you're not required to disclose (and you likely aren't) there's no reason to give anyone a reason to discriminate against you.
There are a lot of reasonable people out there, but, sadly, mental disorders still have a strong stigma, even among health care workers.
Check out all the literature about the nursing school as well as speaking with a guidance counselor (avoid speaking with anyone in the program unless you HAVE to. And, if you have to, ask them to get whatever they tell you in writing. They should have a policy about it already anyway.)
Otherwise, adopt a "don't have to disclose, don't tell" policy.
- Sep 1, '10 by kovercomerThank you Fribblett--that helps!
- Sep 2, '10 by Leelee2I agree that disclosure of disability is not always in one's best interest. However, there are times that I have had to disclose. When it is necessary to ask for accomodations, I have found this helpful, Job Accommodation Network at 1-800-526-7234. An example would be requesting to be in a quieter place (other than nursing station) to work on new admission orders. With ADHD, I need a less stimulating and less distracting environment to concentrate on the orders. i mean, I could sit at the desk, but with every interruption of phone ringing, family members, etc that admission could easily take me 3 hours, I can't get refocussed that quickly after each interruption! I also agree with Fribblet, that there is still stigma even among healthcare workers. Which is pretty sad, I don't view my illness or my disorder even differently than a physical disability.
Best of luck to you in whatever you decide is right for you.
- Sep 3, '10 by kovercomerThanks leelee2!! I did go to the JAN website--very informative!
- Sep 3, '10 by Jules AMy opinion is to only disclose if you need accomodations.