Texas BON for bipolar disorder - page 2

Hi~ I am new here and an excited to find this site. I am applying for LVN school and the deadline is June 14, 2013. My problem is this: in 2009 I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I have... Read More

  1. by   bella_
    Thank you Viva! I want this more than anything. I can see your point. I will send in my app tomorrow and will let you all know. Ya'll have all been so kind to offer your opinions and I am so glad I found this site!

    By the way, I love your quote and your article... hilarious!!!
  2. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from bella_
    Thank you Viva! I want this more than anything. I can see your point. I will send in my app tomorrow and will let you all know. Ya'll have all been so kind to offer your opinions and I am so glad I found this site!

    By the way, I love your quote and your article... hilarious!!!
    Thanks! If there's any upside to bipolar, it's having these bursts of creative energy that make everything seem possible...if only for a little while.
  3. by   saszone
    Hi Everyone. I am new here and I was Diagnosed with Bipolar Disease Type 11 in 2008. Lost a job because I was doing things I didn't know I was doing, got put on meds and couldn't function. Was put on Disability because I was also found to be "legally deaf" at the same time. I have since been stabilized on meds and I will be getting cochlear implants within the next couple of months. I now have to worry about getting my license reinstated because I let it lapse. Since I actually did work within the last five years even though it was only three weeks and I can prove it, I beleive the state BON will be giving me my license back for possibly just the fees. But I am looking forward to getting back in the trenches. Just thinking of maybe something outside the box instead of MS. even though I have a really strong MS background. I am not sure I could do it anymore. I am 60 and there just has to be something easier. I worked as a nurse for 32 yrs so I paid my dues. I am just hoping I can find something I can do with the Bipolar but I just don't know what that will be yet. I don't think I can go back to MS.
  4. by   VivaLasViejas
    Hi, saszone, and Welcome to Allnurses! I think you'll find a lot of kinship here, a good many of us are older and come with a little `ahem` sinus condition, LOL.

    It's good that you are feeling up to nursing again. Because you have only three weeks' worth of practice hours in the past 5 years, you will likely need a refresher course before you can practice again. This is not a bad thing; as you know, nursing practice changes so rapidly that even those of us who work every day can't keep up with it. Once you are licensed again, you may want to consider something in case management or long-term care, such as MDS coordinator, or even a job like mine (I'm a DON in assisted living, a job I still love even after 2 1/2 years). It's all very challenging mentally---you have to be totally compliant with your med regimen, sleep hygiene, diet/exercise etc.---but the work is so much easier on the late-middle-aged body.

    Wishing you the best......and please feel free to 'chat' with us here at AN anytime.


  5. by   bella_
    Update: My declaratory application has been sent to the enforcement department and I won't know anything for 4-6 months. Has anyone gone thru this process and will I know sooner than this time frame? Also, am I going to be charged the $150 to have it investigated?
  6. by   BeOne77
    See DMU wants to be Psych Nurse
  7. by   lmh301
    Viva, if called for interviews after extended periods of disability, of any sort, do you have any suggestions for addressing them such that an offer of employment is garnered. I've run into this, have answered with "FMLA," and stated "but now am fully capable of managing the role and responsibilities of the position," have added what I also had done to maintain currency, albeit sometime creatively (tutoring, caring for friends, family, etc., studying, preparing to pursue graduate education, etc)., only to be unsuccessful in gaining an offer. I have also, however, requested a modified steady schedule and have been applying for positions in settings that are more protective of my well-being. I do not identify my specific disabilities, and sometimes don't identify that I am "disabled" at all. Neither stance has made a difference; I have not been offered a position in nursing in 3 years. I have, however, just recently been accepted into a FPMHNP/DNP program, but am ambivalent about sending the deposit because I, like you, have historically been only able to commit to any one plan or position for a "2 yr." period of time, though I have better treatment support now. (I am also worried about being unable to afford 4+ yrs. of federal loans that won't cover the annual costs of the programs, which I may have ask to be accommodated for structure, too.) I appreciate your forum!
    Last edit by lmh301 on Jun 10, '13
  8. by   lmh301
    Ugh! Sorry for not proofing/correcting previous run-ons!
  9. by   VivaLasViejas
    I wish I could answer you, lmh, but at present I'm not getting any calls for interviews yet either, let alone offers. In fact, I'm in such a dry spell that I'm going to Vocational Rehab tomorrow to see if they can help me figure out my next move, since my age is another strike against me. I mean, I really don't want to have to work at Wal-Mart or even do per diem assignments with the Mollen flu shot clinics, but I will if I have to. I can't just sit at home indefinitely and not work.

    Wishing you better luck than I'm having!
  10. by   Jooliaghoulia
    Just thought I'd share my recent experience with the Texas BON and declaratory orders. Like many, I went back and forth- disclose or not disclose? I'm stable, I'm on meds, I follow up, solid nursing school/employment record. So, I start thinking, why make trouble when there isn't any (in my totally unbiased self-assessment

    BUT, I have been treated within 5 years, which is what the eligibility question asks very clearly.

    What I was told was that the BON can be somewhat reasonable depending on the circumstances- until you lie. Then be worried. Supposedly they have incredible subpoena power r/t records. Remember, they are there to protect the public, not you.

    I was cleared. It took about a month. Now, all that said, there are stories here that both agree and conflict with my experience. Just thought I'd share how it went down for me.
  11. by   bella_
    Thank you so much Jooliaghoulia for sharing your experience. A month isn't really that long but can seem like an eternity when you're waiting to be cleared. Hopefully I'll get good news soon, just have to be patient. . Thanks again!
  12. by   bella_
    The BON has finally cleared me for licensure, two weeks before the last day to apply for the spring semester. . What a relief! Hopefully I'll have more good news soon. Keep your fingers crossed!
  13. by   VivaLasViejas
    That's great news, bella_!!! I'm so glad for you......I know this has been some tough sledding. Go YOU!!!