Yes! I am actually, while trying to get approval and everything, working a summer position with a food bank. That is public health even if I am not giving shots or helping with exams or screenings or something like that (food is a basic need and food insecurity/poverty leads to malnutrition.Then, there's the other aspect of ensuring healthy foods for these clients to prevent diabetes and obesity). But, this is not a permanent position and I really want my license. I want to work my way up the ladder and get higher education. I was just not sure how people would view it as a person with a nursing degree but no license.
I was told to lie to the Board and I said "no thank you!" because I would rather disclose and them approve me, even if it takes more effort, knowing my illness than to lie and something happen down the road and it come back to bite me. I am not planning to become ill or anything; but I am young, so I have no idea what the future holds. I plan on staying with treatment, so it shouldn't be too much of a problem; but I am not a risk taker. I was almost in tears when I read the letter that my health care provider was going to send to the Board. I am trying to remain hopeful that all is not lost.
I will have to let you guys know what happens in the long run. Like I said, I had seen many posts about what to do with a nursing degree after revoked license due to criminal activity; but nothing about possible denial of licensure due to impairment (impairment is mental or physical illness) and what to do with the degree. I would imagine that would change things.
I am glad that there is hope that I can still do something in public health no matter what the outcome.