This has been a common question here lately on AN. So, I started this thread in hopes that 50 people (plus DC, if there's a license for DC) from each of the 50 states, plus DC, could share whether there is a mental health/chemical dependency question and how it is worded. Please no repeats (the hope is that everyone can find their state and if/how the question is worded). Moderators, if this is against TOS, please remove. Use your own judgment and/or call your state board for further questions regarding the question and other questions on the application. I will start.
Is there a question regarding mental illness/chemical dependency?
How is it worded?
"Do you have a mental, physical, or chemical dependency condition which could interfere with your current ability to practice nursing?" (I have asked the Board of Nursing to clarify and I was told that if you have a mental illness/chemical dependency, you must report. It is not
an opinion question.)
Again, please no repeats. Virginia has been done.
Jan 23, '13
Is there a question regarding mental illness or chemical dependency?: No
How is it worded?: There was not a question. There is a question regarding disciplinary action.
Zobu, first, what state are you in? Second, I agree with that. But, I know personally, I have been in patient 3 times. I don't know about other states, but in VA, there's mandatory reporting if a healthcare provider goes in patient. If you lie and you end up in patient, then you could get your license suspended or you can be disciplined.
I disclosed. I did it because I would rather be honest. Plus, for my own health. The fact is I have been in patient 3 times. I don't know what the future holds--I may need it again sometime many years from now. I don't know what situation I might find myself in that I could become suicidal or feel the need to go in patient again. I would like to have that option to get help. That's another reason I disclosed. I didn't want to put myself in a situation that I could be disciplined/license suspended for not disclosing and then, needing to get help later. I feel like you back yourself into a corner.
It is awful to have to be put in this situation, but it is what it is. All the more reason to get mental health awareness out there and maybe, try and overturn all the mental health questioning on applications. At least keep them private, if they must ask. Most go public, if you disclose.
Anyway, this is a topic for another thread.
I am trying to put a comprehensive list together with this thread, so people can just look their state up on the list or the state they are moving to or for license renewal purposes.
Last edit by wish_me_luck on Jan 23, '13