This is why I am scared I will never get my license. I disclosed to the BoN because the way I read the question was if you have a mental illness, you have to disclose because of the possibility of becoming unstable. So, I did. It took three weeks just for the BoN to acknowledge receiving the letter from my provider and that was after calling multiple times. Now, I am still waiting on a decision. I don't have a criminal record, had a stellar school record (good GPA, attendance, etc.) and I volunteer a lot where I live, etc. Nonetheless, I am terrified that I will be treated like a criminal. No offense to anyone who this applies to; but I don't understand how people who have had a drug possession, criminal record, etc. can get their license without a hitch and a person with a dx in the mental health realm gets hassled.
I have no problem disclosing; but I am afraid the BoN will make a decision based on the what-ifs or diagnosis alone instead of what I have actually accomplished and the fact I was up front and honest about it. Plus, my provider wrote a generic letter even after my request for him to change it to fit me as they need to know the dx, tx, prognosis, and if I am fit to practice. It made me sound like a horrible person because it was a description of the condition, possible txs, and possible prognosis. Some of the drugs mentioned that could possibly be used to treat the condition, I was never even prescribed (neuroleptics). My provider told me he didn't think I wanted to be a nurse because I want to work in public health instead of a hospital and work my way up to working for a federal gov. agency. These doctors don't understand what is within the world of nursing and therefore, in my opinion, are poor judges to be able to influence such an important decision. I just want to be a public health nurse more than anything. It hurts so much to see my classmates getting their licenses and I am still waiting on a decision.
Has anyone else disclosed and how long did it take for the board to reach a decision?