I have had ADHD and bipolar probably all my life but was high functioning at work so I was not diagnosed/treated until I was ~ 40 y/o. My symptoms are stable.
A little over ten years ago I had to stop working because I had PTSD as a battered woman. That relationship ended in tragedy which pretty much fried my mind for several years and I began receiving social security disability.
My PTSD was the primary reason I could not work. My PTSD symptoms are now minimal and I would like to return to work part time. My psychiatrist agrees I am now competent to work.
I have renewed my RN license and the board would like me to submit an explanation of why I was/am disabled.
I am unsure how to balance my right to privacy of my personal life with the board's need to know. Has anybody ever had a similar situation? Does the Americans with disabilities act affect me with the board of nursing?
I am completing a nurse refresher course with classroom and clinical hours since I have not worked for 10+ years.
You can focus on the fact that your issues stemmed from what was done TO you- PTSD isn't a deal breaker (I have it, and have known a lot of nurses with it)... They're (BON) just wants to know you're safe. I had to write a similar letter ages ago, and it was sent, reviewed, and end of story
Focus on how you can do your job, you're following MD and therapy requirements, and have been working on getting back to work- you can empathize with patients while remaining professional. Don't lie or minimize things - but focus on what you can do, and not how bad things got- unless it gives you more 'weight' as far as being an effective nurse
Also look into the SSD back to work program, where you have a 9 month trial period, so if for some reason you find it's too much, you don't have to apply for benefits again- you're still in the system, AND receiving some benefits....
Last edit by xtxrn on Aug 7, '11
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