Meriwhen is right about the meds. If everyone who takes Prozac or Ativan were to be excluded from nursing, there wouldn't be any nurses! It's when a candidate takes a batch
of psych meds that HR/employee health can get very leery, and TPTB may find other ways to suddenly withdraw a job offer.
If I sound a wee bit paranoid about this, it's because I got burned badly in my last job, which I lost essentially because I was honest about it when my mental health problems spun out of control due to severe work stress. You can bet your bottom dollar I won't make the mistake of disclosing again.
But then, I'm of the opinion that a nurse's health history is PRIVATE, although controlled substances have to be mentioned because they'll show up on a UDS. But really, what are they going to compare one's med list with? It's protected information.....employers
don't have the right to go nosing through the medical records her/his doctors keep, so how would they ever find out?
In ordinary circumstances, I'm all about telling the truth. But again, considering the stigma that mental illness carries even among health professionals, I think admitting to a MH diagnosis is like shooting yourself in the foot. JMHO.