I'm a new grad in Ontario and to register with the College of Nurses of Ontario, I have to declare my mental health issues so they can decide if I'm fit to work as a nurse. With my registration application, I am supposed to send "a personal statement, signed and dated, stating the applicant's opinion of how the condition might affect their ability to provide safe nursing practice".
I've never had to write anything like this before and frankly I do not know how to even start something like this or what to even write. I've been a long-time lurker here, and I'm hoping someone out there can lend me some advice on this. I'm worried that I'm going to mess it up and they are going to deny my registration (after 5 years of college and uni...). Any advice is appreciated!
Nov 30, '12
My letter from my psychiatrist was so generic, Chicago. More than half of it ended up not applying to me, yet there's still that stigma. He met me once for an initial assessment, wrote in the letter that he met me once and didn't really know me and he had to get info from the other psychiatrist. He changed my dx and gave a generic overview of the illness, but nothing specific to me. My severity of mental illness is pretty mild compared to most and I wrote my letter from the heart and sent it with a hope and a prayer.
I have a license. It's a single state license, but it's a license. Plus, I am pushing for a change...I want VA and TN, not just VA. I live on a state line.
Good luck to you!
Last edit by wish_me_luck on Nov 30, '12