Hello all! I have been lurking around on here for a bit trying to find an answer about tx BON and DOs for mental illness. I am possibly diagnosed with cyclothymic disorder...its still up in the air.
I have worked up the muster to pursue nursing. I have contacted the BON and TPAPN to try and determine if this is something that I will need to disclose to sit for the NCLEX, the answers I received aren't really clear. I am not sure if this is technically considered bipolar. I have heard varying professional opinions on it in spite of what the DSM says. It just seems like a very grey area.
The horrible part is that if I do have to disclose this I have read you are referred to TPAPN. I can't find information on what the TPAPN track for mental illness is on their website. Do I really have to stay in this program for two years? Will I even be able to find a job? I am going LVN -> RN -> BSN/MSN? route to get experience and education. Who is going to hire a fresh LVN in TPAPN. Is there anyone that can give me some insight.
My other option is to get my education here in TX and move out to be licensed elsewhere.
Maybe I am making mountains out of mole hills.